mardi 22 mai 2012

Focus Artist : Alex Prager

La photographe américaine autodidacte Alex Prager (Américaine née en 1979), puise son inspiration dans les magazines pulps, l’univers cinématographique de réalisateurs tels que Douglas Sirk et Alfred Hitchcock et la photographie de mode. Ressemblant à des images de plateau, ses photos déconcertantes – outrageusement colorées, vertigineusement cadrées et minutieusement éclairées, mettent en scène des femmes au look aussi rétro qu’artificiel, dans des situations souvent périlleuses.

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.

Source : MoMA 

Desiree 2008 © Alex Prager
Deborah 2010 © Alex Prager

Molly 2010 © Alex Prager

Amy and Michelle © Alex Prager

Nancy 2008 © Alex Prager

Annie 2008 © Alex Prager
Rita 2010 © Alex Prager
June 2010 © Alex Prager

Despair film still 2010 © Alex Prager
Alex Prager source :

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 started to focus on photography after being inspired by the work of William Eggleston.

In keeping with her independent spirit, she eschewed art school and began taking photographs on her own, teaching herself equipment and lighting through trial and error. Prager has since contributed to a number of publications including New York Magazine and The New York Times Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Details, I.D and Tank. All the while, continuing to exhibit her work in various galleries worldwide.

After the release of her first book The Book Of Disquiet (2005) Prager was given her first solo show at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, CA entitled Polyester. Her 2008 exhibition The Big Valley shown by the Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, received critical acclaim.

Her most recent show entitled “Week-end” opened in Los Angeles, New York, London and Japan in 2010. Currently she is in her first museum show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the New Photography exhibition.

London Times magazine said, “That she has buckets more vision than
credentials matters not, it helps to retain the rawness and individuality of her eye. She is uncertain and dizzy – and very capable.”

"Her photographs reveal a keen eye for the shining and the bizarre, a bit Annie Leibovitz, a bit Diane Arbus."- The Los Angeles Times

Source : Michael Hoppen Gallery

Site d'Alex Prager :

Aucun commentaire:

Enregistrer un commentaire


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...