Jesse Alexander

(b. 1929)

Jesse Alexander is best known for his auto racing shots. He began shooting motor racing in the postwar period, in the early 1950s, when technological progress gained momentum and contributed to the development of racing sports. The Carrera Panamericana rally or, as it was often called, the Mexican road race, where Alexander began his career as a photographer in 1953, was known as a competition on the most dangerous track in the world. Here the photographer met famous racers such as Juan Fangio and Eugenio Castelotti. Here the photographer met famous racers such as Juan Fangio and Eugenio Castelotti. Having moved to Europe in 1954, Alexander photographed for European and American magazines the stages of the Formula 1 championship, as well as the race for long distances. For more than fifty years, Jesse Alexander has documented the most iconic races in the history of motor racing, shooting for the story both the process itself and the portraits of the pilots the highest category. Works of Jesse Alexander were exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, they are presented in many private collections. In addition to his work were presented at the exhibition of sports photography during the Summer Olympic Games in 1996. His photos were published by such magazines as Car & Driver, Road & Track, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and Automobile. Alexander has published several books on racing photography and the history of motor racing, including Driven (Chronicle Books, 2000), Portraits (Portraits, David Bull Publishing, 2008) and Archives (Inside the Archives, David Bull Publishing, 2010). Alexander lives and works in Santa Barbara, California.