Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Photography of Alex Prager

By combining the tabloid crime scene style of Weegee with the stylish 60s hysterical terror of Hitchcock a la Birds, Alex Prager creates some of the most dynamic and captivating work I’ve seen in a very long time.

There’s an uncanny voyeuristic quality to each of the photos as if we are privy to a moment that we shouldn’t be seeing. Perhaps, what’s most alluring is the underlying eeriness of each frame. Juxtaposing bright technicolor palates and small-towns with a lurking sense of odd, dark malice, Prager evokes David Lynch at his best.

What’s striking is that Prager is able to create a deep sense of depraved dread, yet there is a conspicuous absence of blood or gore which ultimately drives the terror inward. Like the great masters of horror, it’s the unseen and the unspoken that are the most terrifying as it sets our imaginations spinning.

Have a look at a few of my favorites below and head over to her website for more.

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