Created in partnership with Sutton Images and the Instituto Ayrton Senna, the exhibition launches at Proud Chelsea 6 March to 5 May. See www.proud.co.uk for details and some more amazing period photos.
Keith Sutton is Formula 1’s best-known photographer. His relationship with Senna began when the young Formula Ford driver approached Keith in 1981 asking if he was a professional photographer. Keith says: “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”.
The working relationship that developed lead to Keith photographing this prodigious Brazilian talent and handling all his public relations. He says: “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 One’s legends.” As their friendship blossomed, Keith continued to photograph Senna both on the track and in more private moments, creating the largest archive of this intense and forceful personality.