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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Slim Aarons: Newport Days

Jackie Kennedy, one of Newport’s best-known summer residents, during the April in Paris Ball in New York, 1958.

50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

A combat photographer during W.W. II, Slim Aarons returned from Europe wishing to spend his time in places of beauty and glamour. Pools, beaches, ski resorts—anywhere he could photograph “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” One of the privileged enclaves he documented between 1947 and 1987 was Newport, Rhode Island. This exhibition at the Redwood Library & Athenæum features over 50 photographs that Aarons took in Newport while on assignment for magazines such as Town & Country, Life, and Travel & Leisure. Featuring the seaside city’s iconic locations—Bailey’s Beach, the Newport Casino, and “cottages” owned by the wealthy Buchanan, Cushing, and Pell families—the photos capture Newport’s mystique as “the center of American post-war leisure.” —Paulina Prosnitz

Photo: © Slim Aarons/Getty Images