Cindy Sherman : the Me You See Is Not Who I Am Essay

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Cindy Sherman is an American Photographer who is most well-known for using herself as the subject in almost all of her photographs. With that being said, hers were not self-portraits in the traditional sense. She used make-up, wardrobe, and elaborate settings to take on different personas that focused on social role-playing and stereotypes. She provoked new ideas in the art world and is inspirational to many other female artists. The question has been raised as to whether or not Cindy Sherman herself knows who she is, or if she was searching for herself in the characters she created. Cindy Sherman was born January 19, 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She grew up in Huntington, New York on Long Island. She was the youngest of five children, born to parents who had little interest in the arts. Her father was an engineer and her mother was a reading teacher. She went to college at Buffalo State College, where she was enrolled in drawing, painting, and photography. She initially failed her required photography class due to difficulties with her technical work in the darkroom, so she decided to focus on her major of painting. She later studied with Barbara Jo Revelle, who encouraged her to just take pictures. This renewed her interest in photography, and she changed her major. As early as 1979 Sherman’s work was published in “Arts Magazine” and “October.” Even as early as her first solo exhibition in 1980 she was being identified with Helene Winter and Janelle Reiring of Metro Pictures. In 1981 Cindy was asked to create a portfolio for “Art Forum.” The images she chose for this project were horizontal close-ups of her-self posing as different young women. The combination of the poses with the lighting and vantage point made the characters appear very vulnerable and almost pornographic. The magazine felt she was reaffirming sexual stereotypes and rejected

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