American photographer and film director. Cindy started her artistic life painting. Frustrated with the limitations she found in painting she abandoned that form of art and took up photography.
Cindy usually works alone and takes on multiple roles typically performed by additional staff, director, make-up artist, hairstylist, wardrobe mistress, and model.
In 1981 Cindy produced an exhibition called Centrefold The aim was to draw attention to the stereotyping of woman a response to media & popular culture portrayal of women. The photographs were a mix of fashion photograph, historical portrait, and soft-core porn imagery. The series of photographs allowed her to dress up, use costumes and make-up and take on the personalities or persona of many different people to transform her identity for each image.
When talking about one of her centrefold pictures Cindy stated, “In content I wanted a man opening up the magazine suddenly look at it with an expectation of something lascivious and then feel like the violator that they would be. Looking at this woman who is perhaps a victim. I didn’t think of them as victims at the time… But I suppose… Obviously I’m trying to make someone feel bad for having a certain expectation.” BBC2 Arena Documentary 1994 “Nobody’s Here but Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXKNuWtXZ_U
The series of photographs for the collection called Untitled Film
Stills Cindy produced 69 black-and-white photographs. The artist posed in different roles and settings (streets, yards, pools, beaches, and room interiors), to produce a series of images that are reminiscent of stills typical of Italian, femme fatale or American B-Movie film noir of the 1940s to 1960s.
Interview with the Guardian Newspaper http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2011/jan/15/cindy-sherman-interview
Interview for the Paper magazine http://www.papermag.com/2012/02/in_honor_of_cindy_shermans.php