Richard Kelley started out his career as a fully accredited F1 photographer in 1972 at the United States Grand Prix. He quickly adopted his characteristic ‘fly on the wall’ style of photography – getting as close as he could to the moments, without influencing the emotion or drama of the moment. He witnessed and recorded hidden moments that became pivotal incidents in Grand Prix history.
Richard’s images have sat unpublished for more than 30 years and we’re proud to release these stunning limited edition prints for sale.
This photo sadly captures Francois Cevert moments before his fatal accident - as described by Richard:
“By 1973, Francois Cevert was in ascendency; he had learned race craft from Tyrrell teammate and great friend, Jackie Stewart and discovered the rewards of a Formula 1 driver’s life, courtesy of Bridget Bardot. There wasn’t another driver of that era who better embraced the combination of a flat-out life style with intelligence and sure-to-be next World Champion talent. I had spent the entire morning making images of Francois, as I knew he would be inheriting Stewart’s team leadership in 1974. It wasn’t meant to be.
This is the final image ever made of Francois. Two minutes later, an accident in Watkins Glen’s Esses would take his life. He would have been France’s first World Champion and would have made a fantastic ambassador for the sport.”
The black & white photo is professionally printed and framed with a black frame and white mount and features a hand-written limited edition number.
The framed print measures 55cm x 75cm and is protected with museum-grade perspex 'artscreen' instead of glass - you won't be able to tell the difference when it's hanging on your wall.
Limited edition of 50 prints.