"Jesse Alexander has captured the magic on Monaco superbly. " -Sir Jackie Stewart
Hello. My name is Jesse Alexander. I’m a photographer, and I’m principally known for my motorsport images. At 84 years of age, I've made thousands of photographs in this field for the last 60 years and have authored at least ten books devoted to auto racing. These include works on Porsches, Ferraris, and racing that have become collector’s items.
Recently I went back into my archive and uncovered many previously unpublished images, which has prompted this latest project, MONACO, a celebration of the Grand Prix weekend in that famous principality on the Mediterranean.
This is not just an auto-racing book. What I’ve tried to do is to paint a picture of the glamour, excitement, and romance of the golden age of motorsport in this tiny country that once a year hosts the most famous Grand Prix race in the world.
Steve McQueen, Princess Grace, Prince Rainier, and many other celebrities were all part of that amazing scene. There were also classic Grand Prix cars with legendary drivers behind the wheel, like Sir Jackie Stewart, Phil Hill, Stirling Moss, and Juan Fangio.
My new book, MONACO: THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE GRAND PRIX, captures them all and much, much more. The book is a large 12"x12" hard cover and consists of 160 pages of black & white and color images, many never seen before, with a beautiful Foreword by Sir Jackie Stewart. It will retail between $50-$60 USD.
I have decided to self-publish MONACO using Kickstarter to make it happen. Please join me in bringing this exciting project into the world. Thank you!
I have created exciting rewards for those helping me reach my goal; from $10 to $10,000 that include everything from a beautiful MONACO note card “thank you” to a special limited edition 20”x24” signed platinum print as well as a variety of other images from MONACO in sizes from 5”x7” to 30”x40”. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire prints which appear in the book at 20% off retail.
A full description of the Monaco book and reward tiers can be seen at my website: http://jessealexander.com/kickstarter-rewards.html
The photographs listed in the REWARDS can also be seen below:
"Motorsports has never been seen this way before. Turning the pages is like walking through an Art Gallery." -Randy Leffingwell
Risks and challenges
One of the main benefits to self publishing is keeping complete creative control of the book including the design and licensing. Another bonus is being able to offer the book at a substantially lower cost to the customer. However in doing so, I am taking on many responsibilities such as finding and communicating with a printer in China, using out of pocket expenses to produce the book, making sure the quality is up to speed, finding distribution, searching for independent book stores as well as promotion and advertising.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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