Book Details
Author: Jesse Alexander
Format: Hardcover with slipcase, 11” x 13”, 132 pages
Photos: 57 black-and-white and 49 color photographs
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1-935007-10-4
Price: $250.00
Inside The Archives (The Publisher’s Edition) Inside The Archives (The Publisher’s Edition)
The Publisher’s Edition of Inside The Archives features 36 additional pages of rare photographs and captions as well as an alternate cover and custom slipcase. Limited to 300 signed and numbered copies, it also includes a limited edition 11” by 13” print of Jesse Alexander’s dramatic color image of a rainy practice session at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1965 (that shot can be seen below in the third page spread). Each print is signed and numbered by the photographer, and the numbers for the book and the print are matched. read more >
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But these well-known images represent only a small portion Alexander’s total body of work. For every photograph that racing fans already know and love, there are thousands more that have remained largely unseen. Inside The Archives brings the best of these rare images to light for the first time, revealing a fresh, often unexpected side of Alexander’s art and the world of cars and racing.

Some are new takes on classic events, such as a sweeping shot of Stirling Moss leaping into an Aston Martin DB3 at Le Mans, or the procession of red Ferraris lined up for the start at the Targa Florio. But many others treat the reader to unusual cars, lesser-known drivers, and startling settings that have never appeared in Alexander’s other books. There’s the innovative, championship-winning Vanwall driven by Stuart Lewis-Evans at the 1958 Grand Prix of Morocco, a race that would prove fatal for the Englishman. There are the beautifully prepared Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-types waiting to face American Indy cars at Monza’s short-lived “Race of Two Worlds” in 1957. And in a stunning departure from the pageantry and lush scenery found at so many European venues, there is a startling mix of home-built hot rods and exotic land-speed racers set against the otherworldly background of the Bonneville salt flats in 1965.

Regardless of the subject or setting, each of the images in Inside The Archives reflect Jesse Alexander’s unique gifts as a photographer as well as a fascination with the world or motorsports that has endured for more than half a century.


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