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JESSE ALEXANDER (born 1929)

Jesse Alexander was born in 1929 in Santa Barbara, California, where he still resides.  He has been involved in motorsports photography since the early 1950s when he covered the original Mexican road race La Carerra Panamericana. He then spent many years in Europe photographing Formula One and famous long-distance sports car races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, and Targa Florio.  In addition to photographing the speeding cars, Alexander also captured behind-the-scenes glimpses of factory mechanics in their garages, drivers in intimate moments before taking their positions, and formal compositions of the vehicles themselves.
Jesse Alexander’s photographs have appeared in every prominent automotive publication in the world, including Car and Driver and Road & Track, in addition to publications such as Sports Illustrated and Newsweek.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Monaco: The Golden Age of the Grand Prix by Jesse Alexander (At Speed Press, 2014)
Inside the Archives of Jesse Alexander (David Bull Publishing, 2010)
Portraits: Photographs by Jesse Alexander (David Bull Publishing, 2008)
Ferrari Grand Prix Moments: Formula One Photographs by Jesse Alexander (David Bull Publishing, 2007)
Porsche Moments: Photographs from Europe and Mexico by Jesse Alexander (David Bull Publishing, 2006)
Driven: The Racing Photography of Jesse Alexander  1954-1962 (Chronicle Books, 2000)
At Speed: Jesse Alexander (Bond/Parkhurst Books, 1972)
Looking Back with Jesse Alexander (At Speed Press, 1972)

SELECTED COLLECTIONS:

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, USA
Ford Motor Company, USA
Volkswagen, Germany
Porsche AG, Germany
Audi AG, Germany
Ralph Lauren Corporation, USA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2016                 The Photographs of Jesse Alexander (Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, CA)
2000                 Drivers: Jesse Alexander(Staley-Wise Gallery, New York)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2007                 Made in Santa Barbara(Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA)

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