Alex Prager | the artist

The artist Alex Prager
Born 1979, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.

Style and technique of the artist: Photography, Video,

Foam Paul Huf Award 2012.

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Alex Prager
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Alex Prager (American, born 1979), a self-taught photographer, takes her cues from pulp fiction, the cinematic conventions of movie directors such as Douglas Sirk and Alfred Hitchcock, and fashion photography. Resembling movie stills, her unnerving photographs—crisp, boldly colored, shot from unexpected angles, and dramatically lit—feature women disguised in wigs, dramatic makeup, and retro attire. Crowd # 1 (Stan Douglas), one in a series of pictures shot for the November 2010 issue of W magazine, makes its debut here. It draws on Stan Douglas’s Hastings Park, 16 July 1955 (2008), among other sources, but Prager has enlisted a new cast of characters, dressed in 1970s outfits (which she selected), and shot the scene in her own signature style…

Alex Prager was born in Los Angeles in 1979. She was raised by her
grandmother in a small apartment in the suburb of Los Feliz. Her nomadic upbringing saw her splitting her time between Florida, California, and Switzerland without truly settling down long enough for a formal education. Prager’s interest in art began in her adolescence, but it was in her early twenties that she began to focus on photography after being inspired by the work of William Eggleston…

Alex Prager
The New York Times’s colour supplement asked me to do a shoot about women going through the menopause. There were no rules – all they told me was they wanted pictures of older women and I could develop whatever concept I wanted; I had free rein…

Posing friends in fake eyelashes, wigs, and vintage clothes, Alex Prager creates dramatic tableaus — a woman running into a flock of birds, or floating faceup in a pond — that the New York Times called “coolly romantic.” She’s exhibiting as part of a Museum of Modern Art show of new photography in Manhattan this fall (from September to January); and both MoMA and the Whitney snapped up several of her photographs — which sell for up to $20,000 — for their permanent collections…with portrait of the artist

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