Monocled Miss By Slim Aarons

This is a fabulous photograph of Renata Boeck enjoying breakfast in bed at the Regency Hotel in New York in 1964. I love the whole scene from the phone on the bedside table and the décor, to what she’s reading and her fabulous monocle. This stunning, large scale, beautifully framed photograph would literally make a room. It could easily go above a sofa, in an entryway or in a bedroom. Everyone should have at least of Aaron’ glamorous photos. At 18 years old, Aarons enlisted in the U.S. Army, working as a photographer at West Point and later serving as a combat photographer in World War II earning a Purple Heart. Aarons said that combat had taught him that the only beach worth landing on was “decorated with beautiful, semi-nude girls tanning in a tranquil sun.” After the war, Aarons moved to California and began photographing celebrities. In California, he shot his most praised photo, Kings of Hollywood, a 1957 New’s Year’s Eve photograph depicting Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper and James Stewart relaxing at a bar in full formal wear. Aarons made his career out of what he called “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” “I knew everyone,” he said in an interview with The (London) Independent in 2002. “They would invite me to one of their parties because they knew I wouldn’t hurt them. I was one of them.” Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Rear Window, whose main character is a photographer played by Jimmy Stewart, is set in an apartment reputed to be based on Aarons’s apartment.

Country: USA
Creation Date: 1964
Materials: Original print, black metal frame, glass
Condition: Excellent
Height: 30 in.
Length: 30 in.