Alex Prager (1979), photographer and filmaker.
Alex Prager is an American art photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Her photographs primarily use staged actors, models and extras to create “meticulously designed mise en scène”, often described as film-like and hyperreal. Prager’s growing filmography expands the fictive realities of her still works, touching upon themes of alienation and the pluralism of modern life.
Prager began her photography practice after viewing an exhibition of William Eggleston’s at the Getty Museum in 1999-2000. Her staged color photographs are described by Ken Johnson as being influenced by Cindy Sherman, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Douglas Sirk.
Prager’s series, Face in the Crowd, debuted at Washington D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2013. Shot on a Hollywood soundstage, Prager re-built spaces of dense public gathering – city streets, a movie theater, a beach, an airport. She filled these sets with personally selected and dressed friends, relatives and 150 extras, culminating in large-scale photographs and a 10-minute three-channel video installation starring actress Elizabeth Banks. Face in the Crowd magnifies Prager’s characteristic evocation of timelessness whilst maintaining an acute awareness of the contemporary plight.