Alex Prager  (American, 1979) 

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Alex Prager (American, b.1979) is a gifted photographer and filmmaker who was born in Los Angeles, CA. Prager was raised by unconventional parents, who trusted her to learn about life on her own rather than forcing her to attend schools. At the age of 14, Prager dropped out of school and obtained employment at the knife shop of a friend's aunt in Switzerland. Much of her spare time was spent touring Europe by train, which provided her with an exquisite eye for detail and observation.

Upon her return to America, the artist came across an exhibition by William Eggleston (American, b.1939). She was so taken by Eggleston's incredible color photography that she purchased all of the photographic and darkroom equipment necessary to be a photographer. Six months after deciding to try her hand at photography, Prager had her first exhibition, where a photograph that was inspired by The Wizard of Oz became the first photograph that she sold. Prager's works show strong influences from Enrique Metinides (Mexican, b.1934) and Weegee (Arthur Fellig) (American, 1899–1968).

Prager also found her unique vision with photography to be compatible with the sensibilities of a filmmaker, leading her to try her hand as a director. Her short film, La Petite Mort, is a calculated study in one woman's passage from life into death. This film was designed to complement a display of Prager's photographs in an exhibition known as Compulsion, which was presented by Michael Hoppen of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. Prager is fascinated by the way careful cropping of different images and scenes can be juxtaposed with other images, thereby actually manipulating the way truth is perceived. Prager herself acknowledges that there is a kind of magical intensity in the way that her altered scenes, combined with extreme close-ups of eyes, can change the way a viewer perceives the truth she tries to express. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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Alex Prager, Joan

 

Alex Prager
Joan
2007

Auction: Apr 26, 2014
Santa Monica Auctions
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Alex Prager, Isabelle

 

Alex Prager
Isabelle
2010

M+B
Alex Prager, 11:45 pm, Griffith Park and Eye #4 (Roadside Victim) (diptych)

 

Alex Prager
11:45 pm, Griffith Park and Eye #4 (Roadside Victim) (diptych)
2012

M+B
Alex Prager, Crowd #7 (Bob Hope Airport)

 

Alex Prager
Crowd #7 (Bob Hope Airport)
2013

M+B
Alex Prager, Crowd #9 (Sunset Five)

 

Alex Prager
Crowd #9 (Sunset Five)
2013

M+B
Alex Prager, Crowd #3 (Pelican Beach)

 

Alex Prager
Crowd #3 (Pelican Beach)
2013

M+B
Alex Prager, Untitled

 

Alex Prager
Untitled
Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Alex Prager, 2 pm, Interstate 110 and Eye #6 (Sinkhole) (diptych)

 

Alex Prager
2 pm, Interstate 110 and Eye #6 (Sinkhole) (diptych)
2012

M+B
Alex Prager, Kate

 

Alex Prager
Kate
2008

M+B
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Alex Prager, Crowd #1 from Week-End

 

Alex Prager
Crowd #1 from Week-End, 2010
archival pigment print, mntd

 

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Alex Prager, Beth from Week-End

 

Alex Prager
Beth from Week-End, 2009
chromogenic print, mntd

 

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Alex Prager, Sophie from Week-End

 

Alex Prager
Sophie from Week-End, 2009
chromogenic print, mntd

 

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1979   Born in Los Angeles, CA
2006   London Photographic Award
  Lives and works in Los Angeles
2011   The Art of Collaboration with Bottega Veneta
2010   ALEX PRAGER: WEEK-END, M+B, Los Angeles (Solo)
2008   Michael Hoppen Gallery, London (solo)
2008   “WeAre TheSuperlativeConspiracy”, Robert Berman Gallery. Santa Monica, CA
2008   “The Good Life”, Yancey Richardson Gallery. New York, NY
2008   “Sugar and Spice”, Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, WA
2008   “Incognito”, Santa Monica Museum of Art. Santa Monica, CA
2008   “Young Curators, New Ideas”, Bond Street Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
2008   “The Big Valley”, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
2007   “Untitled”, Benjamin Fink & Alex Prager. Sarah Tecchia Gallery, New York, NY
2007   “Safe + Sound”, London Institute of Fashion. London
2007   “Photo Miami”, Miami, FL
2007   Photo Miami, Miami, FL (solo)
2007   Sara Tecchia Roma New York, New York, NY (solo)
2007   Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2006   “Safe + Sound,” London Institute of Fashion, London
2006   “Queen of the Night, Women Under the Influence”, Berman/Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2005   “Dolls to the Walls,” Project Gallery, Los Angeles
2005   “The Book of Disquiet”, Downtown Independent Gallery, Los Angeles, CA“
2005   "Admire the View”, ArtShare Gallery, Los Angeles
2005   “A True Story”, White Trash Charms Gallery, Los Angeles
2005   “Group Show”, White Trash Charms Gallery, Los Angeles
2004   “America Motel”, America Motel, Los Angeles
2004   “The Cupboard Show”, City Gallery, Los Angeles
2003   “Pictures Like Punches, Stitches Like Screams”, Goodform Gallery, Los Angeles
2002   “Special Friend”, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles
2001   “Le Deux”, Dionicio Gallery, Los Angeles
2007    Polyester, April 2007
2007    Rahne Pistor, “Flaunting Her Cinematic Style,” The Argonaut, April 26, 2007
2007    Jessica Gelt, “Beauty Before Age,” The Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2007