In this edited excerpt, Alex Prager explains how William Eggleston's work has inspired her to start a career in photography ten years ago. She also speaks about how she works from the initial idea to the preparation of the shoot and the "magical minute" when everything comes together. When Yancey Richardson asks about the emotional quality of her photographs, she speaks about the influence of silent movies and film noir from the 1940's and their glamorous imagery.

This conversation between artist Alex Prager and gallerist Yancey Richardson took place on September 30, 2010 at Aperture Gallery as part of the Parsons Lecture Series.

Alex Prager’s dazzling and saturated color portraits of young women depict a synthetic and surreal glamour. The images reference dark cinema and the melodramatic as conveyed through constructed scenes of suspense and uncertainty. Prager’s work has been shown in gallery’s around the world including MoMA’s New Photography 2010 exhibition. Yancey Richardson, New York City gallerist and prominent fine art photography dealer has exhibited Prager’s work and has over twenty - eight years of experience in the field.

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