An image of Untitled film still #46

Cindy Sherman

(United States of America 19 Jan 1954 – )

Untitled film still #46

Other titles:
MP#46, Untitled film still 1979
Not on display
Further information

For Cindy Sherman, photography allowed her to work alone with her ideas and to try on different personae and see how these translated into a flat photographic image. Rather than having a specific political intent, Sherman initially seems to have been more, and quite narcissistically, interested in the effect of changing herself temporarily, knowingly, ironically.

'Even though I have never actively thought of my work as feminist or as a political statement, certainly everything in it is drawn from my observations as a woman in this culture. And a part of that is a love-hate thing - being infatuated with makeup and glamour and detesting it at the same time. It comes from trying to look like a proper young lady or look as sexy or as beautiful as you can make yourself, and also feeling like a prisoner in that structure.' Cindy Sherman 1997

gelatin silver photograph
17.0 x 23.2 cm image; 20.3 x 25.3 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated c. verso, ink "Cindy Sherman 1979".

Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 1986
Accession number
© Courtesy Cindy Sherman and Metro Pictures