Alex Prager @ MOMA NY


I had the pleasure of discovering Alex Prager‘s crisp, boldly colored and dramatic work during my last visit at MOMA in New York. With its vintage, provocative and conceptually slightly subversive aesthetic, that mixes pulp fiction with fashion imagery, Alex’ work immediately captured my attention.  And if her amazing, unnerving shots were not enough to make me desperately fall in love with her work “the exhibition also presents the US première of Despair (2010), Prager’s first film, starring actress Bryce Dallas Howard
According to the artist, it is a “full-sensory version” of her photographs, an attempt “to show the before, now and after of one of my images.”
The four-minute film, with a score by composer Ali Helnwein, is set in Los Angeles. It was inspired by The Red Shoes, a 1948 film about a prima ballerina whose obsession with dance conflicts with her need for love, ultimately leading to her suicide. Focusing on the actress’s face to capture one intense emotion, Prager engages in the construction of images that are intentionally loaded, reflecting her fascination with and understanding of cinematic melodrama.”
Enjoy!

47 Comments   |   Posted by Wobblinbetty in  photography
  1. I really like her photos, they seem to be like a film still! and the video is just beyond… so intense!

  2. the short film is so amazing!!! I love the last scene…it's sad and beautiful at the same time..

  3. This is amazing, thank you so much for sharing dear

    Kisses
    J
    xoxo

  4. This is the discovery of the year, I swear. I love how she uses colour and how she treats everything so dramaticaly and gently at the same time. Thank you for this, its so so great! :-)

    M

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  5. wow, it's like scenes from a movie. how lavish.

  6. aaaw awesome! It looks like Lynch with a bit more of lighting! Simply inspiring! Wonderful!!

  7. OMG this is amazing

  8. OMG this is amazing

  9. Her photos are amazing and the film is fantastic. I love everything about this film: the clothes, make-up, the story; everything is so perfect

  10. Her photos are amazing and the film is fantastic. I love everything about this film: the clothes, make-up, the story; everything is so perfect

  11. THRIFTY FASHIONISTA says:

    i love the dramatic feel on it! really fabulous! nice discovery!

  12. i love the dramatic feel on it! really fabulous! nice discovery!

  13. Awwwwsome! You find the best videos, I swear. Super hip, love it.

  14. Beautiful pictures!

  15. Some of these photos give loads of great ideas for illustration, thank you for sharing.
    PS I love your nick wobblybetty, it made me smile :)

  16. i love the 60s!
    oh to be in that era or even the 70s!

    amazing!!

  17. i love the 60s!
    oh to be in that era or even the 70s!

    amazing!!

  18. this is insane!
    thanx for sharing!
    love it

  19. Thanks for the comment on my blog. Love yours, it's very interesting with the editorials, videos and such :)

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  20. Heels lover says:

    These are so inspirational, love them!

    ♥ kisses ♥

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  21. These are so inspirational, love them!

    ♥ kisses ♥

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  22. thanks for introducing this artist to me !

    xx Marina

  23. Hey I'm a new follower too!!

    xx Marina

  24. I am back in the loop again ;-) Nice photo stream and great selection of impressions. later, FashionLifeCoach

  25. i've seen the film before, but haven't seen the pictures- they are amazing, really tasteful…thank you for sharing!
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  26. I love how the photos are so crisp and how the people look like dolls.

    juliet xxx

  27. Love these photos! They really capture the clothes well.

    Thanks for stopping by our blog and for commenting! Now following you… xo style, she wrote

  28. ❥ ќʀɨsтɨиɑ says:

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  29. Hello! Passing by your blog. I hope we can be good friends. Can we follow each others blogs?? (><♥♥♥)

  30. Wow, amazing, amazing! I didn't notice the girl in the cab in the second photo at first! I like the fact that the photos revealed a lot about their subjects from different angles! Great thought-provoking pictures! xoxoxoxoo

  31. fashionablepris says:

    wow love these pictures!!!!!
    adorable!!

    Stop by my blog if you like and follow me please:D

    xxx

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  32. wow love these pictures!!!!!
    adorable!!

    Stop by my blog if you like and follow me please:D

    xxx

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  33. These photos are way interesting, specifically the first picture posted.
    xoxo.

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  34. Very intereseting!!!
    Hey, don't know if you found something about the illustrator Justin Pape, i havent and it's a shame..snif.. Well, we have the photos, at least ;)

  35. wow this are freakne aweosme!

  36. such aMazing shots.x

  37. Oh my, these images are so stunning! I would
    love to see them in print version at MOMA!
    xo

  38. Ive had one of these photos saved on my computer for so long, finally i know who its by!

  39. Cristiana.C says:

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  40. Great blog, I like it so much, and this post has a great style! If you Are obsessed with glamour we could be followers each other, what do you think? tell me something!
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  41. MAMA!!! there you are…..stunning post!!!
    i knew i could count on you for some fresh material!!!!
    gorgeous!!
    love. xoxo

  42. ❥ ќʀɨsтɨиɑ says:

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  44. absolutely stunning. xx

  45. You really pick out some amazing pictures!!!

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