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A stunning photography book on Monaco, capturing the glory and glamour of Formula One auto racing half a century ago.
A stunning photography book on Monaco, capturing the glory and glamour of Formula One auto racing half a century ago.
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"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Recently I went back into my archive and uncovered many previously unpublished images, which has prompted this latest project, MONACO, a celebration of the Grand Prix weekend in that famous principality on the Mediterranean.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.

Monaco Book
Monaco Book

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!  

Rewards

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: 

Monaco Notecard
Monaco Notecard
Steve McQueen, Monaco, 1966. *** 5”x7” Archival Pigment Print***
Steve McQueen, Monaco, 1966. *** 5”x7” Archival Pigment Print***
Jim Clark in the Lotus-Climax, Monaco, 1963. *** 8.5” x 11” Archival Pigment Print ***
Jim Clark in the Lotus-Climax, Monaco, 1963. *** 8.5” x 11” Archival Pigment Print ***
Jackie Stewart on the podium, Monaco, 1966. *** 13” x 19” Archival Pigment Print***
Jackie Stewart on the podium, Monaco, 1966. *** 13” x 19” Archival Pigment Print***
Lady at Window / Stirling Moss in the Winning Lotus, Monaco,1966/1960. *** 17” x 22” Archival Pigment Print***
Lady at Window / Stirling Moss in the Winning Lotus, Monaco,1966/1960. *** 17” x 22” Archival Pigment Print***
Unloading Ferraris before practice, Monaco, 1962. ***17” x 22” Archival Pigment Print ***
Unloading Ferraris before practice, Monaco, 1962. ***17” x 22” Archival Pigment Print ***
Grand Prix of Monaco Start, Monaco, 1966.   ***Limited Edition Platinum Print 20"x24"***
Grand Prix of Monaco Start, Monaco, 1966. ***Limited Edition Platinum Print 20"x24"***
Grand Prix of Monaco Start, 1962. ***30"x40" Archival Pigment Print***
Grand Prix of Monaco Start, 1962. ***30"x40" Archival Pigment Print***
Virage De La Gare, Monaco, 1956. ***(Inside) Notecard image***
Virage De La Gare, Monaco, 1956. ***(Inside) Notecard image***
Spectators on Hotel De Paris Terrace, Monaco, 1966. ***(Back) Notecard image***
Spectators on Hotel De Paris Terrace, Monaco, 1966. ***(Back) Notecard image***
Grand Prix of Monaco Start, 1962.***(Front) Notecard image***
Grand Prix of Monaco Start, 1962.***(Front) Notecard image***

"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.

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    Monaco 5”x7” folded Notecard
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    Signed Monaco Book plus signed 17” x 22” Archival Pigment Print of "Unloading Ferraris before practice, Monaco, 1962." Plus lunch with Jesse at Sly’s Restaurant in Carpinteria, CA, and visit Jesse’s studio.

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    Signed Monaco Book plus signed 20”x24” limited edition (edition of only 10) Platinum Print of "Grand Prix of Monaco Start, Monaco, 1966."

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    Signed Monaco Book and signed 30” x 40” Archival Pigment Print of "Monte Carlo Start, 1962."

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    2 signed Monaco Books plus signed 5”x7” Archival Pigment Print of "Steve McQueen, Monaco, 1966." And signed 8.5” x 11” Archival Pigment Print of Jim Clark in the Lotus-Climax, Monaco, 1963. Plus signed 17” x 22” Archival Pigment of "Lady at Window / Stirling Moss in the Winning Lotus, Monaco,1966/1960." Plus signed 17” x 22” Archival Pigment Print of "Unloading Ferraris before practice, Monaco, 1962". Plus 13” x 19” Archival Pigment Print of "Jackie Stewart on the podium, Monaco, 1966." Plus limited edition (edition of 10) signed 20”x24” Platinum Print of "Grand Prix of Monaco Start, Monaco, 1966." Plus Lunch with Jesse at Sly’s Restaurant in Carpinteria, CA, and visit Jesse’s studio.

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