Alex Prager : Beauty, Glamour, Hollywood




At first glance, Alex Prager’s photographs are rather different to those of Slim Aarons. Prager’s photo series, The Big Valley, tells a story; the models play a role and the scene is carefully composed in order to fulfil the photographer’s vision. In Aarons’ images, the subjects don’t play a role, they just live their lives. Yet despite the different ideas, the photographs of Aarons and Prager share several key similarities: beautiful women, glamour and the allure of Hollywood.

Closed for Business


Last March I took these photographs in Scarborough, a seaside town. I was drawn to buildings which had a playful aspect to them, be it brightly coloured tiles or interesting surface patterns. Seaside resorts often have details like these which you wouldn’t usually find in other cities; they reflect the activities that take place there, such as colourful ice cream parlours and shops selling cheap trinkets. But these seaside resorts have grown old, they have become dated. They are no longer shiny and new and these images reflect that; peeling paint and cracks reveal the passage of time. They capture the essence of a seaside town being closed for business.