The Golden Age of Motorsports

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The Golden Age of Motorsports
Jesse Alexander, ‘Jim Clark, Spa, Belgium', 1962
The Golden Age of Motorsports

Jesse Alexander’s legendary archive of motorsports photography provides a thrilling insight into the Golden Age of racing. Alexander started photographing motor racing when the post-war period of austerity gave way to the technological advancements and the ensuing rise of racing in the 1950s.

Alexander 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.

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