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Richard’s images have sat unpublished for more than 30 years and we’re proud to release these stunning limited edition prints for sale.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 captures Villeneuve - as described by Richard:
“In 1977, Gilles Villeneuve arrived in the Mosport pits for his first F1 session as a Ferrari driver after every photojournalist had been removed There were to be no exceptions. I left the pit lane and took position behind a narrow split between the concrete walls that formed the back of Ferrari’s pit stall. I was totally alone, waiting quietly to avoid drawing attention.
When he arrived, I calmly made the only series of images of a joyous Gilles Villeneuve at the moment the team placed the Ferrari jacket on his shoulders. He once said, given three wishes, he would be a racer, be a Formula 1 driver, and drive for Ferrari. This was his dream and witnessing that moment with him was pure bliss.”
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 75cm x 55cm 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.