Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Alex Prager


alex prager caroline
Alex Prager, Caroline, 2007, chromogenic print


alex prager alexandra
Alex Prager, Alexandra, 2007, chromogenic print


alex prager christine
Alex Prager, Christine, 2007, chromogenic print


alex prager desiree
Alex Prager, Desiree, 2008, chromogenic print


alex prager cathy
Alex Prager, Cathy, 2009, chromogenic print


alex prager cindy
Alex Prager, Cindy, 2008, chromogenic print


alex prager diana
Alex Prager, Diana, 2007, chromogenic print


alex prager lois
Alex Prager, Lois, 2009, chromogenic print


alex prager molly
Alex Prager, Molly, 2009, chromogenic print


alex prager emily
Alex Prager, Emily, 2007, chromogenic print


alex prager maggie
Alex Prager, Maggie, 2009, chromogenic print


alex prager wendy
Alex Prager, Wendy, 2009, chormogenic print


alex prager rita
Alex Prager, Rita, 2009, chromogenic print


alex prager sarah
Alex Prager, Sarah, 2007, chromogenic print


alex prager sophie
Alex Prager, Sophie, 2009, chromogenic print



Artist Biography (as found here):

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.

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 Details, i-D, Elle Japan, Tank, MOJO, and Complex. 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.

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

50 comments:

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Those are fantastic!! I love the one with the legs hanging from the building.

Kellie said...

I love these! My favorite is Sarah. :)

Tia said...

Awesome. I like Molly the best.

Melanie's Randomness said...

I too like the one with the girl climbing down from the building. These are too funny !!

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Christiejolu said...

Great pics! My daughter loved your panda pics!

bananas. said...

Yup...alex needs to photograph me. Wouldn't mind it one bit. Her work is awesome. I especially adore the molly and sarah pieces. All thats missing is the mayra one. Haha.

Laura Trevey said...

These are Amazing!! I love the top one!

xoxo

Caroline said...

So cool. Love the first photo...aptly named Caroline...lol...I could see that happening to me!

Annie said...

hmmmm, interesting....like the sarah print.

diane said...

I love the 60's theme in her work. Caroline is a stroke of genius, and Cathy is disturbing. Great stuff.
How awesome is it that she is self-taught?

Jenni said...

Ha! Love that Molly one. So cute. I want to put that in my study one day. Thanks for always sharing these beautiful photographers. :)

Iva said...

OMG!! I love these!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I love the "Sarah" its so beautiful! I love the feel of these so much emotion behind them. Modern, yet with a dated feel and style. very awesome!! I love all your posts always drollgirl! ok I think I said "love" enough!! Byebye!! Happy Tuesday lovely lady!! I hope its not pouring down there as it is here!! totally causing out of control hair!! EEEK!!!

Char said...

I love the rope too

Alisa said...

Maggie is great, next time I see a big puddle I may do that!

Phoenix said...

Damn, every single one of those shots tells almost an entire story. How very cool.

Lovely find, Droll.

Kris said...

Amazing! They all tell such fabulous stories!

Down and Out Chic said...

i do love the title of her book, "the book of disquiet." it's certainly fitting for these pieces.

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Brilliant! I too often drive my yellow (red) Jeep naked and suddenly steer into a lake for fun :)

The Cherry Blog said...

oh wow these are so fun! they remind me of guy bourdain's work a bit!! tres cool

Heather Taylor said...

I love these!

Elizabeth Marie said...

I love Diana. And Sarah. I'd hang out with those bitches.

Not today though. Not a fan of tornado warnings...ummm, it's LA.

Hope you're staying warm and DRY.

Karls said...

Alex is effin amazing!

Jack Daniel said...

Woah!!

Thanks for sharing. I've never heard of her, but her work so far looks so original and good!

WendyB said...

Fascinating work!

The Haute-Shopper said...

These are quite amazing. I like how she seemed to have captured 'moments'. Some quirky, others more dreamy or normal. I want to be Sarah..., although Cathy pretty much captures my Mondays...

Brooke said...

Love these. I also love that she's self-taught. Very cool.

Clorivak said...

These are incredibly cool. I can't believe they're not vintage.. (said in the same way as I can't believe it's not butter." Gawd, I'm a cheeseball..hahah, not but for realisies these prints totally rock.
hope your weekend was swell and that the news was okay.. ;)

Chessa! said...

I am in love with these images. they seem vintage and yet they are from this last decade. thanks so much for introducing her work to us.

and, speaking of work, I'm having an auction to benefit the red cross in support of haiti...stop by to read more:)

Asylum Dolly said...

I love "Rita" and "Sarah"! I love the unusual contexts the women are placed in, like the "Emily" one. Wtf is she doing up there? lol.
Very cool, drollski. Very cool. You always come up with the goods!

kys said...

Love these. Love the retro vibe, too. These are some of the best you've posted. (But I think I say that almost every time.)

Girl Japan: April Marie said...

These are my favorite... esp kinda vintage, yet modern and retro.... LOVE it.

uglygirl said...

beautiful.

Katie said...

Such a good photographer!

adrienzgirl said...

Those really were fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

Té la mà Maria - Reus said...

very good blog, congratulations
regard from Reus Catalonia
thank you

Alicia said...

those are awesome!!! i think the sarah photo was my favorite!! oh to be talented...must be nice.

Pretty Little World said...

I love Alex Prager! I go to her website over and over again to look at her stunning images. Everything looks both like Valley of the Dolls and fresh, modern photography. Perfection.

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Christiejolu said...

What Amy said..

Just kidding

Thanks for the info on Mike Starr. When I read your comment the show happened to be on. I can't believe it. Didn't he learn anything from Layne Staleys death???

Ela said...

Fantastic!

And that first pic...I wish I had that - with my face cropped on, back in my university/college days. Would've saved me lot of 'xplaining with my work.

I've missed my drolly. Hope you've been well, hon!

blueviolet said...

Those are pretty thought provoking and dramatic!

Felicia said...

I think the Christine one is on Nip/Tuck hanging in one of the doctor's offices.

alissa said...

ooo these definitely feel like they have some interesting stories behind them

Sam said...

Oooh! I adore!!! Sort of Cindy Sherman meets Vogue meets 1960s advertising!! Have to go back and have a good linger!! Thank you!!! :)

Felicia|DaLipstickBandit said...

love it~!
bad ass chicks!

Hanako66 said...

wow so young!

oh how i would love a sarah print!

Diana said...

a bit cindy sherman, too.

i like how she uses women in all her pics too

Layla said...

I really like some of these too!!

Was wondering if they were vintage or not as well!! :)

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