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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HAWTHORNE AND COLLINS, FERRARIS, NURBURGRING, 1958 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HAWTHORNE AND COLLINS, FERRARIS, NURBURGRING, 1958

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GRAHAM HILL, BRM, SILVERSTONE, 1962 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

GRAHAM HILL, BRM, SILVERSTONE, 1962

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BEHRA, FERRARI, TARGA FLORIO, 1958 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BEHRA, FERRARI, TARGA FLORIO, 1958

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PAUL FRERE VISITING THE FERRARI RACE SHOP, MARANELLO, 1957 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PAUL FRERE VISITING THE FERRARI RACE SHOP, MARANELLO, 1957

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FERRARI FACTORY, MARANELLO, 1957 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FERRARI FACTORY, MARANELLO, 1957

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FANGIO, LANCIA D50, MONACO, 1955 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FANGIO, LANCIA D50, MONACO, 1955

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STIRLING MOSS (MERCEDES), SPA/FRANCORCHAMPS, 1955, I by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STIRLING MOSS (MERCEDES), SPA/FRANCORCHAMPS, 1955, I

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MILLER, INDIANAPOLIS RACERS, BUGATTI FACTORY, 1956 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MILLER, INDIANAPOLIS RACERS, BUGATTI FACTORY, 1956

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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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STIRLING MOSS (VANWALL), MONZA, 1958 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STIRLING MOSS (VANWALL), MONZA, 1958

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STIRLING MOSS (ASTON MARTIN), GOODWOOD, 1957 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STIRLING MOSS (ASTON MARTIN), GOODWOOD, 1957

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STIRLING MOSS (MERCEDES), SPA/FRANCORCHAMPS, 1955, II by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STIRLING MOSS (MERCEDES), SPA/FRANCORCHAMPS, 1955, II

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STIRLING MOSS (MERCEDES), SPA/FRANCORCHAMPS, 1955, I by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STIRLING MOSS (MERCEDES), SPA/FRANCORCHAMPS, 1955, I

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GRAHAM HILL, NURBURGRING, GERMAN GRAND PRIX, 1962 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

GRAHAM HILL, NURBURGRING, GERMAN GRAND PRIX, 1962

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TONY BROOKS WITH STIRLING, VANWALL, NURBURGRING, 1958 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TONY BROOKS WITH STIRLING, VANWALL, NURBURGRING, 1958

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STIRLING MOSS, JAGUAR PITS, 1954 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STIRLING MOSS, JAGUAR PITS, 1954

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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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ASTON MARTIN PITS, LE MANS, 1956 by JESSE ALEXANDER (Born 1929) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ASTON MARTIN PITS, LE MANS, 1956

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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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