JESSE ALEXANDER: DRIVEN MAD

18 August - 13 September 2016

Jesse Alexander is the quintessential motor-sport photographer, whose images form a unique archive of racing during the mid 20th century. Inspired by the great photojournalists of the time, particularly Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, Alexander applied their reportage aesthetic to his work on the race-track, resulting in a style that has as much poetry as it does visual horsepower

 

The most advanced cars of the day Maseratis, Mercedes, Ferraris and Porsches rush into Alexander's shots, through jubilant crowds and unfamiliar 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. The names and places are legendary - Moss, Clark, Hill, Spa, Nurburgring, Le Mans - and the pictures in this exhibition capture the excitement, glamour and danger surrounding this golden age of motor sport. With over twenty new and unseen works this show is not to be missed.