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.

Timeline

1979
Born in Los Angeles, CA
2006
London Photographic Award
Lives and works in Los Angeles

Exhibitions

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

Literature

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