Born in Santa Barbara, California, Jesse Alexander began his career in 1953 photographing La Carrera, the long and challenging road race in Mexico. In 1954, he went to Europe where he began to photograph Formula One races as well as international manufacturers championship events for American and European publications. Alexander remained in Europe for nine years acting as the European editor for Car and Driver magazine. Alexander chronicled racing throughout the 1950s, recording the evolution of post war automotive racing.
Alexander has published numerous books, his most recent DRIVEN, is a wonderful compilation of his photographs from 1954 to 1962. His work is in numerous private collections, as well as museums including the Akron Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum, Oakland Museum of Art and others.