From the series Compulsion, 2012
Alex Prager makes elaborately staged photographs that look like film stills, using photography to create oblique fictional narratives that baffle and intrigue. It’s left to the viewer to figure out the bigger picture from the various references – cinematic and literary as well as photographic – embedded in the images.
She plays with photographic history and representation, referencing the work of other photographers, the surrealists, Lynch, Hitchcock and the countless haunted protagonists of vintage Hollywood noir films and B-movies. All the photographs in the Compulsion series exude this sense of unreality. Several images tend towards the cinematically apocalyptic; others could be outtakes from a fashion shoot. A peculiarly Californian kind of vision that comes with its own short film, La Petite Mort, complete with Gary Oldman voiceover.
(Read more in the Guardian article)