Jesse Alexander has been involved in photography and especially motorsports photography since the early 1950s when he covered the original Mexican Road Race. He then spent many years in Europe covering Formula One and the famous long distance sports car races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio. In that period of time he also photographed theater and music personalities for the New York Times.
His work is held by numerous private collectors and has been exhibited in museums in the United States, including the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Akron Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
“As a young boy growing up during World War II, I was captivated by the imagery that came out of the war through the eyes of legendary photographers like Edward Steichen and W. Eugene Smith. My other heroes include Henri Cartier Bresson, Jacques Lartigue, Mary Ellen Mark, Bruce Davidson and Robert Capa.”
Jesse’s current body of work includes travel photographs of Iceland, the Galapagos Islands, and birds.
Films by Jesse Alexander:
FISH MARKET, a ten minute black and white documentary film of the legendary Billingsgate fishmarket in London.
MUDHOUSE, a documentary film of the construction of an all concrete home designed by Roland Coate in Santa Barbara, CA.
Ford Motor Company
Volkswagen of American
Ralph Lauren Polo, New York
Porsche North America
Audi North America
AT SPEED -1971
LOOKING BACK -1982
P38 LIGHTNING RESTORATION OF AN AMERICAN WAR BIRD -1990
FORTY YEARS OF MOTORSPORT PHOTOGRAPHY -1996
DRIVEN (Chronicle Books) -2000
PORSCHE MOMENTS (David Bull) -2006
FERRARI GRAND PRIX MOMENTS (David Bull) -2007
PORTRAITS (David Bull) -2008
INSIDE THE ARCHIVES (David Bull) -2010
FORTY YEARS OF MOTORSPORT PHOTOGRAPHY-(eBook Artist) -2011
MONACO (to be published in 2014)
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara, 1980
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, 1984
Akron Museum, Akron, 1986
Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, 1992
Peter Fetterman Gallery Santa Monica, 1995
Staley+Wise Gallery New York, 1996
Halsted Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, 1997
Staley+Wise Gallery, New York, 2000
Michael Hoppen Gallery,London, England, 2002
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, 2007
Patty Look Lewis Gallery, Santa Barbara, 2007
Art and the Automobile, Stansted, Quebec, 2008
Brooks Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, 2012
Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 2012
All photographs, video and content © Jesse Alexander