Seve: 'His Life Through The Lens' Book To Be Released

Seve: 'His Life Through The Lens' Book To Be Released

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A book to mark the tenth anniversary of Seve's passing is to be released, with award-winning photographer and close friend of Seve, David Cannon, curating the best pictures from the Spaniard's life and career.

Seve: 'His Life Through The Lens' Book To Be Released

A new book showcasing the life of Severiano Ballesteros is being launched to coincide with the tenth anniversary of his tragic passing.

Ballesteros, who passed away on the 7th May 2011 at the age of 54, was regarded as Europe’s most influential and charismatic golfer.

The book, 'Seve - His Life Through The Lens,' has been compiled by famed golf photographer and long-time friend of Ballesteros, David Cannon.

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Seve and Cannon in 1992, pose after a photo-shoot on Somo Beach to re-create where he hit his first golf shots growing-up. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The pair first met when Cannon played in a pro-am at the Leicestershire Golf Club and was drawn with the unknown Spaniard.

But, barely two months later, Ballesteros would be leading The Open at Royal Birkdale going into the final round and, despite missing out on victory that week, the young Spaniard was on his way to becoming a golfing star.

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Supported by the R&A and European Tour, the book features many stunning action images and portraits taken by other renowned golf photographers of Ballesteros during a career that featured a staggering 95 worldwide wins.

The book begins with an emotional ‘Thank You’ letter written by his eldest son Javier and on behalf of his brother Miguel and sister Carmencita. The Ballesteros family have also supplied a number of previously unpublished ‘family portraits’ of them with their famous father.

Another great feature is each chapter beginning with an essay by renowned golf writer Robert Green, who has authored two books on Ballesteros. There is also a number of ‘Moment in Time’ pieces by Cannon, where he reveals some of the background stories behind his favourite images.

“My biggest aspiration for the book is that it captures not only the life and times of Seve, but his unique charisma and spirit…his pride and passion,” said Cannon.

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Seve and Faldo at the 1995 Ryder Cup (Steve Munday/ALLSPORT/Getty Images)

The finale of the book concludes with Sir Nick Faldo describing how his great rival acquired legendary status in the game and Jose Maria Olazábal paying tribute to a ‘very special friend’.

Seve - His Life Through The Lens, also features in a special 'Collectors’ Edition' with a limited 1,000 copies being produced. Each 'Collectors' Edition' copy is presented in a beautiful leather-style clamshell box and includes a numbered signed print by David Cannon of his iconic photograph of Seve winning The Open at St Andrews in 1984.

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Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.


Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


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