Press Release: To mark the 30th anniversary of his debut and the 20th anniversary of his legacy, Proud Galleries presents the official Ayrton Senna exhibition, an exhilarating celebration of the man considered the world’s greatest racing driver.
Working in partnership with Sutton Images and the Ayrton Senna Institute, this collection of photographs, taken by Keith Sutton, charts Senna’s titanic career. From his beginnings in Formula Ford to his domination of Formula 1 for 10 years until his accident at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
Keith Sutton is indisputably Formula 1’s best known photographer. His relationship with Senna began when the young Formula Ford driver approached Keith in 1981 enquiring if he was a professional photographer. “When I said I was, he said he needed photos of him racing sending to Brazil on a regular basis. On that day he won his first race and I got some great photos of him celebrating on the podium late in the evening”.
So began the working relationship and friendship that would see Keith photographing this prodigious Brazilian talent and handling all his public relations. “From the moment I first photographed him…I knew I was witnessing an incredibly charismatic and talented young racing driver who would one day go on to become one of Formula 1’s legends.”
As their friendship blossomed, Keith continued to photograph Senna throughout his career both on the racetrack and in more private moments, creating the largest archive of this intense and forceful personality.
Proud Galleries is honoured to present this stunning collection of photographs commemorating the life and incredible talent of a man who would touch the limit and go boldly beyond.
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