An exhibition entitled Senna: Photographs by Keith Sutton is being held at the Proud Gallery www.proud.co.uk in Chelsea, London. Working in partnership with Sutton Images and the Ayrton Senna Institute, the gallery has assembled a collection of images charting Senna’s meteoric career from Formula Ford to his domination of Formula One for 10 years until his fatal 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 One’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. The exhibition runs until May 4 and is free to enter.
On the 54th birthday of Senna.
Keith Sutton really captured the moment well.