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Cindy Sherman

A black-and-white photograph of a light-skinned adult woman with medium-length straight blonde hair. She wears a dark colored long sleeved shirt. Shown from her mid-section up, she stands in front of a brick wall and glances to the side.

Photo by Mark Seliger; Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures Gallery, New York

Born in 1954

Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, in 1954, Sherman graduated from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1976. She rose to fame in the international art world with her series of black-and-white photographs, “Untitled Film Stills” (1977–80), which advanced the concept of narrative photography.

In most of her works, Sherman is model, photographer, and director. She regularly alters her appearance beyond recognition through makeup, prosthetics, and costumes. She draws her personas from a range of sources, including fairytales, art history, film noir, and the fashion world. Her use of costume and makeup challenged the way in which portraiture was considered.

Although she began her career using black-and-white photography, Sherman transitioned to color film in the early 1980s. Her work is included in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London; the Museum of Modern Art; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. Sherman has received numerous awards, including the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 1999 and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1995. She lives and works in New York.

Artist Details

  • Name

    Cindy Sherman
  • Birth

    Glen Ridge, New Jersey, 1954
  • Phonetic Spelling

    SIHN-dee SHERR-mehn

Works by Cindy Sherman

Untitled

This untitled work is part of Cindy Sherman’s first series of color photographs, often referred to as the “Rear Screen Projections.”

In this series, which followed closely on the heels of her landmark “Untitled Film Stills” (1977–80), Sherman photographed herself against a screen on which she projected various interior and exterior settings. After shooting on location so often for the “Untitled Film Stills,”...

A woman stands in an orange sweater, her body turned to the center while she looks over her left shoulder, her mouth slightly open. Her dark hair is shoulder-length and contrasts with her light skin. Behind her, a screen with the image of trees and a building projected onto it.