Cindy Sherman (born January 19, 1954) is an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits. Sherman currently lives and works in New York City. In 1995, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. She is represented by Sprüth Magers Berlin London in Europe and Metro Pictures gallery in New York. Through a number of different series of works, Sherman has raised challenging and important questions about the role and representation of women in society, the media and the nature of the creation of art. (-> Wikipedia)
Sherman works in series, typically photographing herself in a range of costumes. To create her photographs, Sherman shoots alone in her studio, assuming multiple roles as author, director, make-up artist, hairstylist, wardrobe mistress, and of course, model.
She is the star of her own photographs but claims they aren’t autobiographical. Cindy Sherman talks to Simon Hattenstone about family, break-ups, $1m pictures… and why she can’t keep herself out of her art. From the off at college, Sherman became her own subject. Her collection of eccentric outfits was growing, she was still into dressing up, and sometimes she would go out socially „in character“. „The boyfriend I had at the time had pointed out that you’re always putting on make-up – I would just go in my bedroom when I was depressed and I’d turn into characters – and he said, ‚You should be documenting this. It’s really interesting what you’re doing.‘ It hadn’t occurred to me that I was doing anything unusual.“ (www.guardian.co.uk)
Cindy Sherman, Hommage an die Meisterin der inszenierten Fotografie (german)
Cindy Sherman ist zweifellos eine Person mit vielen Gesichtern. Sie ist eine herausragende Künstlerin der inszenierten Fotografie. Vielleicht ist die große Resonanz ihrer Bilder darin zu sehen, dass kaum jemand weiß, wie sie wirklich aussieht und wer sie ist.
Cindy Sherman ist eine eigenartige Fotokünstlerin: Bis auf wenige Ausnahmen macht sie seit Jahrzehnten Selbstporträts – was sie selbst allerdings abstreitet.