Photography

Self-Portraits By Cindy Sherman

In 1954, Cindy Sherman was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She grew up to live and work in New York. Now considered as one of the most influential artists of her generation, she had to wait till the late 1970s to gain prominence, while she was working with the group of artists known as Pictures Generation.

Cindy Sherman is an American photographer and filmmaker whose self-portraits offer critiques of gender and identity. What made Sherman famous is the use of her own body in roles or personas in her work, with her seminal series Untitled Film Stills (1977–1980) being particularly important.

16 Self-Portrait Photographs By Cindy Sherman:

Some Note-worthy Quotes By Cindy Sherman:

I wanted pretty pictures of older women – women who are trying too hard but succeeding – pulling off an extreme look. What I didn’t know would creep into the portraits was a vulnerability behind the strong façade that most of them wear.

Cindy Sherman

We’re all products of what we want to project to the world. Even people who don’t spend any time, or think they don’t, on preparing themselves for the world out there – I think that ultimately they have for their whole lives groomed themselves to be a certain way, to present a face to the world.

Cindy Sherman

I always need to get away from whatever it is I’ve just finished, to feel a distance from it.

Cindy Sherman

I think people are more apt to believe photographs, especially if it’s something fantastic. They’re willing to be more gullible. Sometimes they want fantasy.

Cindy Sherman

I want there to be hints of narrative everywhere in the image so that people can make up their own stories about them. But I don’t want to have my own narrative and force it on to them.

Cindy Sherman