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Alex Prager

American  •  b. 1979

Biography

Influenced by pulp fiction and cinematic tropes, self-taught photographer and film-maker Alex Prager creates striking, sometimes unnerving images that are filled with a dynamic cast of characters. The hyperreal worlds she creates are packed with human melodrama, like the retro 'damsel in distress' character that regularly makes appearances in Prager's brightly colored and dramatically lit scenes.

With influences ranging from David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, and Gregory Crewdson, Prager references the vivid aesthetics of mid-twentieth century American cinema and photography. Pairing photographs alongside her films as part of her practice, Prager presents an eerie, alternative world where more questions are asked than answered. 

Insights

  • Alex Prager's film series "Touch of Evil", commissioned by The New York Times Magazine, won a 2012 Emmy Award.

  • Prager was recognized with the FOAM Paul Huf Award in 2012.

  • Phillips introduced Prager to auction in 2009.

  • Phillips set the world auction record for Prager in 2015 with Crowd #2 (Emma), 2012, selling for $75,000. 

"With photography, I like to leave a lot of the story, even to myself."

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