Interview with Alex Prager under the pretext of reviewing her photos

Alex Prager

Interview with Alex Prager under the pretext of reviewing her photos

The card’s start was unusual in photography; we can say that you entered by accident. How did you discover photography?

I certainly did not have a traditional educational background. I was 20 years old when I realized that if I did not choose something to spend my energy and energy on, I would spend every day of my life in office work. I was working as a receptionist at the time. I started visiting museums and art exhibitions, and I wanted to see if I could draw or paint. When I was 21, I stumbled upon the Eggleston Exhibition at the Getty Museum. Then, in less than a week, I bought a second-hand Nikon N90-S camera and equipment from eBay – from a woman who broke up with her husband. It cost $ 80 and came with a handbook on how to use darkroom equipment.

– There is a long way between your first camera and your career in art photography.

I was excited about the photos I was taking. I am dissatisfied with them now. I worked on the pictures in the dark until three or four in the morning. Most importantly, I felt that a picture was not finished until the viewer reacted to it. I still feel that way.

– How did they react, and what kind of people were “they”?

I was living in an apartment in Cary town at the time. I used to hang pictures in the laundry, and in the mornings, I would see what pictures they had taken. This way, I could understand what people like.  When I started showing my work in galleries, people came up to me and said how they felt about my work. They said these subjects reminded people they knew; those images reminded them of scenes from movies. I was trying to convey something to people that was vaguely familiar to them.

 – Why?

Just as I used color to get people’s attention, I then force them to find something in the bottom layer that is not very happy.

 – Most of the time, in describing your images, they have said that they have a film-like quality.

I try to create a real-life with a little exaggeration – something more exciting and dramatic—high visualization of real life, like the parallel world. Most of the film-like feel in the photos comes from the lighting.

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