Seve Ballesteros: Swashbuckling Spaniard's Life Through The Lens

A stunning new book about the life of Severiano Ballesteros, Europe’s most charismatic golfer, is being published today to coincide with the tenth anniversary of his tragic passing.

Seve with his family

The R&A and European Tour supported book, Seve: His Life through the Lens, has been compiled by Getty Images award-winning photographer David Cannon doyen of golf photographers and long-time admirer and friend of the colourful Spaniard and former world No.1, who died aged 54 on 7 May 2011.

The book opens with a moving letter written by Seve’s eldest son Javier and on behalf of his brother Miguel and sister Carmencita. The Ballesteros family have also generously supplied a number of previously unpublished ‘family portraits’ of them with their father.

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Published by Vision Sports Publishing, the award-winning specialist publisher, Seve: His Life through the Lens, retails at a RRP of £35 per copy, or a Collectors’ boxed version which is only available through the website below at £95.

A picture I love of a young Seve in The Open at Birkdale in 1976 - two months after I played with him in a pro-am! Who could have known?

This special limited run edition of just 1,000 sets includes a numbered art print of the front cover image of Seve winning The Open at St Andrews, signed by Cannon.

“This book would not have been possible without the support of many incredible people,” said Cannon. “Seve was a true global icon and I’ve seen him and photographed him in many parts of the world.

“But it’s the friends I’ve made along the way who have contributed images to this book I’ve never seen before and that is what makes it so special. I hope the Seve fans around the world enjoy the book as much as I did putting it together.”

Here, Cannon picks out some his favourite photographs of Ballesteros and also explains why they are special.

Seve described this moment, winning the 1984 Open Championship at St Andrews, as the happiest moment of his golfing career (or words to that effect). For me, it’s the happiest moment of my golf photography career!

For more unseen images & family portraits

The image on the right is my favourite action photograph of Seve or actually any golfer. It was taken during the 1988 Open at Royal Lytham.
The 'Burma Road' at Wentworth is always glorious in the early autumn. Seve, pictured here in the 1984 World Match Play, was great to watch and photograph there.
Seve was fantastic for trying any shot. He tried this one from Rae's Creek during the 1989 Masters but, though the ball emerged, it did not escape and was again submerged. But he gave me a great picture!
Love this picture of Jose Maria Olazabal leaping on Seve’s shoulders during the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island – a lucky moment as the Americans were just about to hit. I risked it and bingo!
The one that got away for me. Also from the 1991 Ryder Cup , I must have been six feet from Dave Rogers when he took this. It still hurts but a great picture!
The most magical day of my photographic career! This portrait of Seve beside his self-made hole on the beach where he grew up was the pinnacle of a great day and trip to his home in Pedrena in 1992.
The shot television missed as Seve contemplates his miracle recovery on the 18th hole at Crans-sur-Sierre during the final round of the 1993 Canon European Masters.
And Seve pulls off the most crazy, risky, unbelievable shot I have seen played...before then chipping in for a birdie!
Seve’s final appearance, having been persuaded to play one last time in The Open at Hoylake in 2006 by his eldest son, Javier.
'Seve: His Life through the Lens' is being published today.

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