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On Friday, November 4, Alex Prager debuted her 8-minute short film, Run, at the West Hollywood EDITION. Run contains important messages about current culture that align with Alex Prager’s artistic vision. Alex Prager is a photographer and filmmaker known for her cinematic photos. Street photography, old-style Hollywood, and experimental films influence her work. Her art has been featured in many prominent publications, such as Vogue and New York Times Magazine, and in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Photographer’s Gallery in the United Kingdom. Her film series Touch of Evil, commissioned by New York Times Magazine, won an Emmy Award in 2012.
Alongside other industry leaders and close friends, Prager began the evening by screening the film. She held a discussion afterward, which included Katherine Waterston, and Tabitha Denholm. Later on, guests were invited to a cocktail hour to celebrate. Run stars Katherine Waterston and responds to a period of cultural ambivalence and uncertainty. The film examines the collective will to exist and explores the opportunities for empathy, participation, and the absurd that is present in everyday life. Ellen Reid and Philip Glass composed the score. Run will be followed by Part Two: Run in exhibitions with Lehmann Maupin in Palm Beach from November 19 to December 11, 2022, and in New York from January 19 to February 23, 2023.
Alex Prager’s work makes the viewer aware of the sometimes voyeuristic nature of photography and film, inspiring an uneasy feeling as if intruding on a private moment. She also reflects on nostalgia and hyper-reality, immersing the viewer right into the action and yearning for an unfamiliar and almost nonexistent period of time. Her choreographed photographs expose the way images are consumed in our media-saturated society. Her work is similar to Gregory Crewdson’s cinematic photography and utilizes bold color like William Eggleston.