New Video: Alex Prager and Yancey Richardson
Alex Prager’s dazzling and saturated color portraits of young women depict a synthetic and surreal glamor. The images reference dark cinema and the melodramatic as conveyed through constructed scenes of suspense and uncertainty. Last fall coinciding with MoMA’s New Photography 2010 exhibition, artist Alex Prager and gallerist Yancey Richardson were in conversation at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore. An excerpt of the discussion is now available to watch on Vimeo.
In this edited excerpt, Alex Prager explains how William Eggleston’s work has inspired her to start a career in photography ten years ago. She also speaks about how she works from the initial idea to the preparation of the shoot and the “magical minute” when everything comes together. When Yancey Richardson asks about the emotional quality of her photographs, she references the influence of silent movies and film noir from the 1940′s and their glamorous imagery.