Lights, Camera, Action.

 

I’m so excited for the new Alex Prager exhibition at the Yancey Richardson gallery on 22nd street.

She’s a young, self-taught photographer who was inspired by attending a William Eggleston exhibition to buy her first professional grade camera.

Like Gregory Crewdson, she creates scenes from her imagination that seem very cinematic. Unlike Crewdson, her work feels colorful, vibrant and as melodramatic as the very best Hollywood films.

Cindy Sherman had a series called ‘Untitled Film stills’ but we don’t wonder what has happened or is about to happen in those images in the way we do when we look at Alex Prager’s work.

Indeed she has gone so far as to make short films telling the before and after of some of her pictures.

It will come as no surprise to anyone to learn that the home for this photographer is L.A., a city that often feels like a gigantic film set.

For more on what makes her click, it’s worth checking out this informative 10-minute interview I found on YouTube

 

 

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