Staley-Wise Gallery is sad to announce the death of our friend and photographer, Jesse Alexander. The gallery is proud to have represented his work for over 25 years.
Jesse was born in 1929 in Santa Barbara, California and attended college at UCSB, where he studied photography. After moving to Europe with his family, Jesse began documenting the international motor racing scene as a photojournalist from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, counting its players as his closest friends. His pictures captured the on-track danger and glamorous spectacle, defining the sport for a generation of fans. Jesse's ability to feature the human element of motorsport made his images more than just a record of thrilling events and elegant machines but also evocative fine art. His photographs have been published in countless publications and now hang in the homes of collectors, galleries, and museums.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, 5 children, many grandchildren, one great-grandchild - and countless admirers of his beautiful and timeless work.
Portrait of Jesse Alexander by Karl Ludvigsen.