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The Many Guises of Cindy Sherman: 1976 - 1980

You have probably been reading lots about American conceptual photographer Cindy Sherman here in the Magazine, but how many of her works have you actually seen? Not to worry, because we're bringing you lots of Cindy Sherman stuff this week, starting with her guises from the late 1970s to 1980s.

Talk about conceptual photography and self-portraits and you’re sure to come across Cindy Sherman and her many guises. Enjoying a career that spans three decades and counting, the master photographer now has tons of interesting works in her portfolio, including some of the most expensive photographs ever sold. If you’re ever curious of her beginnings as an artist, we have here some of her earliest works for you to have a look at.

Bus Riders (1976/2000)

While shot in 1976, it was only in 2000 that Bus Riders was printed and exhibited. The series features various characters that, as the title suggests, represent bus passengers as observed, portrayed, and photographed by Sherman herself. In true Sherman fashion, she transformed herself into these characters using make-up, wigs, and elaborate costumes. While each character was set against a plain and obviously staged setting, we can see in the series the earliest manifestations of Sherman’s flair for disguises and self-portraiture.

Untitled Film Stills (1977 – 1980)

In what was dubbed her monumental work, Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills catapulted her into international recognition. Sherman, then 23, got started with this series in 1977. The collection grew to 69 black-and-white 8 1/2 in x 11 photographs, wherein she assumed and posed in different roles and settings. These photos, many of which were taken in her apartment, evoke the look and feel of Italian neorealism and American film noir from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) acquired all of these photos in December 1995, and exhibited the collection from June 26 – September 2, 1997.

What do you think of these early projects of Cindy Sherman? Have you ever seen any of these up close? Share your thoughts with us below, and stay tuned for more of Sherman’s work this week!

All information for this article were sourced from Cindy Sherman on Wikipedia, That’s When I Reach For My Revolver, and Museum of Modern Art.

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