Alex Prager has been chosen as the winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award 2012. Foam is an international photography museum located in Amsterdam that exhibits established artists and also supports emerging young talents with short-term shows. Now in its sixth year, the Foam Paul Huf Award gives a photographer under 35 years of age the opportunity to hold an exhibition at Foam Amsterdam and an award of €20,000. Prager was selected from a field of more than 100 nominees worldwide by an international jury that included Simon Baker (Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate Modern, London), Darius Himes (co-founder of Radius Books) and Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen, among others. Prager’s work will be on view at Foam from August 31st to October 14th, 2012.
The chairman of the jury noted: “Alex Prager’s work is original, intelligent and seductive. She thoroughly deserves her place in the company of former Foam Paul Huf winners, which is fast becoming a who’s who of contemporary photographic practice.” Since 2007 the prize has focused entirely on young, international talent and boasts an impressive list of previous winners, including Mikhael Subotzky and Taryn Simon (2007), Pieter Hugo (2008), Leonie Hampton-Purchas (2009), Alexander Gronsky (2010) and Raphaël Dallaporta (2011).
Born in 1979, Prager is a self-taught photographer who lives in Los Angeles, California. Featured in MoMA’s New Photography 2010, Prager’s work has been exhibited at institutions worldwide. Additionally, her photographs are in the permanent collection of several major museums, including MoMA, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Her work was recently included in group shows at the NRW Forum in Düsseldorf and Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna. Her work has also been featured in publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, W Magazine, and Art in America.
The exhibition of Prager’s newest series, Compulsion, opens at the Yancey Richardson Gallery on April 5, 2012.