Crowds have long been a subject of fascination for photographers, from the curious spectators in Weegee’s pulpy crime scene photos of old New York City to the color-soaked beachgoers cataloged by Martin Parr.
But Los Angeles photographer Alex Prager has taken it a step further in her documentation of crowds — staging imaginary scenes seemingly influenced by a mix of Alfred Hitchcock suspense, the Technicolor style of William Eggleston and the costume design of Cindy Sherman.
Prager’s “Face in the Crowd,” which is being presented at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., until March 9, features large-scale photos of hundreds of costumed actors she shot on specially constructed sets including a movie theater lobby, an airport terminal and a beach.
Viewers are given a bird's-eye view of the hustle and bustle of the crowd. But Prager has infused the people in her photos with distinct individuality, and each person’s face invites examination of emotions and motivations. At the focalRead More »from Alex Prager photographs the mystery and anxiety of a 'Face in the Crowd'