Indispensable Photographs


by Cindy Sherman (1979). Cindy Sherman has produced a rich and complex body of images of herself, but they are not selfportraits. Her portraits tend to be “types” of women we recognize from movies and pictures and the grocery store but don’t really know at all. Sherman’s work, beginning with her seminal series Untitled Film Stills , illuminates American life as a composite of culture, fantasy, ego, and vulnerability. Her images remind us that photography, like life, is both fact and illusion. Her pictures, like all indispensable photographs, help us uncover what is real and what is not.