Archivally, the most stable of all photographic prints, the platinum process is revered for it's incredible rendering of subtle tones and contrasts. Today there are very few practicioners able to print using this wholly hand made method and hence the prints are made in very small editions.
A rare Platinum Palladium print of an iconic Alexander image from The Monaco Grand Prix.
From an edition of only twenty-five examples.
"The Maserati 250F driven by Jean Behra powerslides out of "Gazometre" or "gas works" corner. The photograph was taken during early morning practice, a wake-up call for Monte Carlo residents. Behra had raced for several years with the French team of Gordini but moved to Maserati in 1995. With the retirement of Mercedes at the end of 1995 Stirling Moss decided to join "Maserati, and he had a good year in 1956. This day, Behra finished a strong third while Moss enjoyed superiority over the Ferraris of Fangio and Collins. Notice the sand bags, which provide more protection to the light pole than to car and driver, and the curb, which is very unfriendly to a sliding race car." - from "Driven: The Racing Photography of Jesse Alexander 1954-1962"
Jesse Alexander is considered one of the greatest race car photographers in history. His images of vintage automobiles and the people who gave them life; captured from theEuropean race circuit during the 1950’s and 60’s are collected and exhibited by museums and galleries throughout the world. Jesse Alexander has been involved in photographyand 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 andthe 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 personalitiesfor 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, theAkron 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 eyesof legendary photographers like Edward Steichen and W. Eugene Smith. My other heroes include Henri Cartier Bresson, Jacques Lartigue, Mary Ellen Mark, Bruce Davidson andRobert Capa.”