The self-taught photographer, Alex Prager (b. 1979), captures images loaded with tension that balance on anticipation. Her photographs tell a subversive narrative that has either come to its climax or is on the precipice of conclusion. Working in film and photography, Prager harnesses vivid colour and unconventionally manufactured scenery in every still. Identified by MoMA in 2010, Prager was exhibited in the highly influential New Photography exhibition, and now, just two years later, Prager’s works are housed permanently at MoMA, Whitney Museum, SFMOMA and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Represented by the Michael Hoppen Gallery in the UK, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this December, Prager’s work has proved immensely popular, appearing in the New York Times, Vogue, W Magazine and Art in America. The following images are an overview of the photographer’s captivating body of work, drawn from Compulsion (2012), Despair (2010), Week-end (2010) and The Big Valley (2008).