JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929)

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STIRLING MOSS, ASTON MARTIN PITS, LE MANS, 1958 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STIRLING MOSS, ASTON MARTIN PITS, LE MANS, 1958

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ASTON MARTIN VICTORY, SHELBY, MOSS AND DAVID BROWN, LE MANS, 1959 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ASTON MARTIN VICTORY, SHELBY, MOSS AND DAVID BROWN, LE MANS, 1959

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JIM CLARK, SPA, BELGIUM, 1962 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

JIM CLARK, SPA, BELGIUM, 1962

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FERRARI FIRE, NURBURGRING, 1960 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FERRARI FIRE, NURBURGRING, 1960

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STIRLING MOSS, ASTON MARTIN, LE MANS, 1958 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STIRLING MOSS, ASTON MARTIN, LE MANS, 1958

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PRINCESS GRACE AND JACKIE STEWART, MONACO, 1966 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PRINCESS GRACE AND JACKIE STEWART, MONACO, 1966

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CARROLL SHELBY, LE MANS, 1959 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CARROLL SHELBY, LE MANS, 1959

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1000KM, NURBURGRING START, 1959 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

1000KM, NURBURGRING START, 1959

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STIRLING MOSS, ASTON MARTIN, LE MANS, 1950S by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STIRLING MOSS, ASTON MARTIN, LE MANS, 1950S

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STIRLING MOSS, LOTUS, MONACO, 1960 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STIRLING MOSS, LOTUS, MONACO, 1960

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MONACO START, 1966 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MONACO START, 1966

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SPECTATORS, MONACO, 1962 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SPECTATORS, MONACO, 1962

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FERRARI UNLOADING, MONACO, 1962 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FERRARI UNLOADING, MONACO, 1962

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FANGIO, LANCIA-FERRARI, MONACO, 1956 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FANGIO, LANCIA-FERRARI, MONACO, 1956

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GIGI VILLORESI'S LANCIA-FERRARI D50 CHASES CESARE PERDISA'S MASERATI, VIRAGE DE LA GARE, MONACO, 1955 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

GIGI VILLORESI'S LANCIA-FERRARI D50 CHASES CESARE PERDISA'S MASERATI, VIRAGE DE LA GARE, MONACO, 1955

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PRINCESS GRACE, MONACO, 1960 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PRINCESS GRACE, MONACO, 1960

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STEVE MCQUEEN, MONACO, 1966 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STEVE MCQUEEN, MONACO, 1966

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MIKE HAWTHORN'S ABANDONED FERRARI, MONACO, 1958 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MIKE HAWTHORN'S ABANDONED FERRARI, MONACO, 1958

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MERCEDES W196, REIMS, 1954 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MERCEDES W196, REIMS, 1954

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STIRLING MOSS, MERCEDES 300 SLR, VIRGINIA RACEWAY by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STIRLING MOSS, MERCEDES 300 SLR, VIRGINIA RACEWAY

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Jesse Alexander's legendary archive of motorsports photography provides a thrilling insight into the Golden Age of racing. Alexander started photographing motorsports when the post-war period of austerity gave way to the technological advancements and the ensuing rise of racing in the 1950s. His career as a photographer began when he went to shoot the original Carrera Panamerica, better known as the Mexican Road Race, in 1953, widely considered the most dangerous road race in the world. Here he met famous drivers including Juan Fangio and Eugenio Castellotti. He then moved to Europe to cover Formula One and the long distance races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio, before returning to United States in the late 1960s.

In 1955 Alexander went to Monaco to photograph the Grand Prix for the first time. His photographs of the races, cars, drivers and spectators capture the excitement and glamour of these hugely popular events. The most advanced cars of the day Maseratis, Mercedes, Ferraris and Porsches rush into Alexander's shots, through jubilant crowds and auspicious surroundings. The narrow roads of the course provided a challenging environment in which to photograph but Alexander would always seek out the most advantageous viewpoints from which to shoot. He also took portraits of the drivers, their friends and spectators. One in particular provides an intimate close-up of Jim Clark, the Scottish winner of 25 Grand Prix. The brilliantly candid portrait from 1962, showing Clark's face marked by his goggles and the dirt of the track, is particularly poignant given the tragic, fatal crash that would curtail his celebrated career in 1968.

An international array of museums and galleries has exhibited Alexander's photography. His work is held notably by the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Akron Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He lives and works in Carpinteria, California.

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