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Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive (Web Exclusive Collector's Edition)

Alex Prager

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A Thames & Hudson website exclusive: numbers 4 to 10 of the Collector's Edition of Silver Lake Drive, Alex Prager's first ever retrospective

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This Collector’s edition of Silver Lake Drive is limited to 100 copies numbered 1–100, plus 5 that are retained by the artist and are inscribed from AP1–AP5.

Beautifully presented in an elegant slipcase, it comprises:

• A clothbound copy of the book Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive Collector’s Edition
• An archival pigment print measuring 30 x 24 cm, numbered and signed on the verso by Alex Prager, of Museum Lobby, 2015

Alex Prager is one of the truly original image makers of our time. Working fluidly between photography and film she creates elaborate scenes that reference a wide range of influences, including Hollywood and experimental cinema, popular culture and street photography. These delicately staged compositions produce a distinct aesthetic of still and moving images that are familiar yet strange, utterly compelling and unerringly memorable.

Silver Lake Drive is the first career retrospective of this rising star, one who has won both popular acclaim and the recognition of the art establishment. It summarizes Prager’s creative trajectory and offers an ideal introduction for the popular ‘breakout’ audience who may have only recently encountered her work. Structured around her project-oriented approach, Silver Lake Drive presents more than 120 images from her career to date: from the early Polyester and Big Valley series, through her first films and collaborations with the actor Bryce Dallas Howard, to the tour-de-force of Face in the Crowd – shot on a Hollywood sound stage with over 150 performers – and her 2016 commission for the Paris Opera, La Grande Sortie.

Supported by a major exhibition, and including an introduction by Michael Govan, Director of LACMA, essays by Clare Grafik of The Photographers’ Gallery and Michael Mansfield of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, and an in-depth interview with Alex Prager by Nathalie Herschdorfer of the Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Silver Lake Drive will be an essential publication for those who follow Prager’s career and all with an interest in and appreciation of contemporary art.

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'Prager’s work combines technical perfection with an old-school Hollywood imagination'
The Herald

'Prager has mastered a ‘film still’ aesthetic […] that harks back to the Technicolor shockers of Hollywood’s golden age'

'Grab[s] your attention and refuses to give it back'
Strong Words Magazine

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Further Details


Format: Hardback in slipcase

Size: 30.5 x 24.5 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 120

Publication date: 14 June 2018

ISBN: 9780500545096

About the Author

Alex Prager (b. 1979) is a photographer and filmmaker. Her work is represented in the collections of major museums including MoMA; the Whitney Museum of American Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Her editorial work has featured in publications including Garage, Vogue and W, and her film series Touch of Evil, commissioned by The New York Times Magazine, won an Emmy Award in 2012.

List of Contributors

Michael Govan, Nathalie Herschdorfer, Clare Grafik, Michael Mansfield