28.05.14 - 27.06.14 Boris Savelev

28.03.14 - 24.05.14 Lucas Foglia - Frontcountry

18.09.13 - 23.11.13 Miyako Ishiuchi

21.06.13 - 30.08.13 Chloe Sells - Senescence

02.05.13 - 12.06.13 Nobuyoshi Araki

27.04.13 - 28.04.13 SPLINTER - An Independent Photography...

12.02.13 - 28.03.13 Michael Eastman: Havana

01.11.12 - 01.12.12 Lucas Foglia

07.09.12 - 27.10.12 Daido Moriyama - Tights and Lips

30.05.12 - 28.07.12 Valérie Belin – ‘Yohoho’

20.04.12 - 24.05.12 Alex Prager - Compulsion

02.02.12 - 05.04.12 Guy Bourdin

02.12.11 - 21.01.12 Boris Savelev - Colour Constructions

07.10.11 - 12.11.11 Jerusalem

08.09.11 - 01.10.11 Alejandro Chaskielberg - High Tide

15.07.11 - 25.08.11 Patagonia

13.05.11 - 09.07.11 Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from th...

24.02.11 - 21.04.11 Sohei Nishino - The Diorama Map Series

08.12.10 - 12.02.11 Winter Contemporary

14.10.10 - 06.12.10 Robert Bergman

10.09.10 - 10.10.10 Daido Moriyama

26.07.10 - 21.08.10 Guy Bourdin

10.06.10 - 17.07.10 Alex Prager - Week End

07.05.10 - 05.06.10 Daniele Tamagni and Araminta de Clermont

24.03.10 - 01.05.10 Yoshihiko Ueda - QUINAULT

14.01.10 - 20.02.10 Kishin Shinoyama- NUDE

25.11.09 - 09.01.10 C O L O U R - Group Show

22.10.09 - 21.11.09 Ellen von Unwerth- Fräulein

10.09.09 - 17.10.09 Starting with a Photograph

27.07.09 - 05.09.09 Revive - Group Show

04.06.09 - 25.07.09 Ofer Wolberger (Life with) Maggie

21.04.09 - 30.05.09 Boris Savelev- 31 Years

11.03.09 - 20.04.09 Miyako Ishiuchi Mother's

05.02.09 - 10.03.09 Scarlett Hooft Graafland-You Winter, ...

13.01.09 - 31.01.09 John Davies Rachel Whiteread HOUSE

20.11.08 - 10.01.09 Nobuyoshi Araki- Hana Kinbaku

09.10.08 - 17.11.08 Simon Norfolk - Full Spectrum Dominance

30.08.08 - 04.10.08 Tiina Itkonen - Ultima Thule

25.06.08 - 27.08.08 Polly Borland - Bunny

25.04.08 - 16.06.08 Alex Prager - The Big Valley

07.03.08 - 12.04.08 Tod Papageorge - Passing through Eden

28.11.07 - 11.01.08 Jeff Bark

04.10.07 - 26.11.07 Eyes Of An Island - Japanese Photogra...

06.08.07 - 31.08.07 Group Show I

21.06.07 - 21.07.07 Valerie Belin

20.04.07 - 01.06.07 Scarlett Hooft Graafland

22.02.07 - 07.04.07 John Davies - The British Landscape

26.11.06 - 03.01.07 Jeff Bark - Abandon

01.10.06 - 28.10.06 Eleven Contemporaries

01.07.06 - 15.08.06 Valérie Belin - Pallette & Chips

07.10.05 - 26.10.05 ARAKI

08.06.05 - 20.08.05 Dodo Jin Ming - Free Element / Behind...

04.02.05 - 24.03.05 Tina Itkonen - Inughuit

24.06.04 - 30.08.04 Desiree Dolron - Xteriors

26.11.03 - 03.01.04 Laura Letinsky

24.09.03 - 22.11.03 Desiree Dolron - "Te dí todos mis su...


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Alex Prager - The Big Valley

25.04.08 - 16.06.08

Desiree, 2008
© Alex Prager

C-Type Print

36 x 49"

Cinematic and darkly playful, The Big Valley is a series of highly saturated staged portraits by Los Angeles based artist, Alex Prager. For her first solo UK exhibition this entirely new work will be shown alongside photographs from her high-successful Polyester series.

Prager photographs her female subjects in a style unashamedly reminiscent of the great mid 20th Century film directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Douglas Sirk. Within the naivety of her compositions and colour palette there is the suggestion of an impending narrative, not unlike old movie stills once displayed outside every cinema. Prager’s photographs offer us segments of stories that encourage us to imagine for ourselves the missing passages beyond the edges of the frame. Often shot from an unexpected angle and unusually lit, the audience are positioned very much as voyeurs. Synthetic wigs, fake birds and retro costumes are meticulously planned and her models cast as players frozen in the narrative. On the surface these models appear polished and eerily near perfection, a utopia sprung with tension. Like Guy Bourdin, the king of photographic mise-en-scène, Prager demands more than simply a ‘pretty picture’.

Born in Los Angeles, Prager has received no formal education since the 8th grade, spending time between Los Angeles, Florida and Lucerne, Switzerland. A self-taught photographer, Prager was originally inspired by stumbling upon a William Eggleston exhibition at the Getty Museum. Eggleston’s early influence is still evident in Prager’s prominent use of colour. Since taking up photography at the age of 20 her photographs have been included in 13 exhibitions including a recent solo show at Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles, and she has shot for numerous publications include i-D, Flaunt, Complex, Elle Japan, MOJO and Rolling Stone.


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