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Cindy Sherman's "Untitled Film Stills," a series of 69 black-and-white photographs created between 1977 and 1980, is widely seen as one of the most original and influential achievements in recent art. Witty, provocative and searching, this lively catalogue of female roles inspired by the movies crystallizes widespread concerns in our culture, examining the ways we shape ou ...more
Hardcover, 164 pages
Published October 2nd 2003 by Museum of Modern Art
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Jesse
Previously, I had only stumbled across examples of Cindy Sherman's "Untitled Film Stills" individually--a cluster in the Tate Modern, a stray posting on an internet blog, etc. But here they all are, an expansive body of work grouped together and arranged by Sherman herself for maximum impact--and what an impact it has! This might as well be called a short story collection as much as an art book, for each turn of the page presents not only a dramatic black and white photograph but a story without ...more
Joe
LUV HUH.

'nuff said.

Ok but seriously for years I've been a fan of Sherman's Untitled Film Stills but could only find a handful of of them - most notably stills #7 and #14 which have become the iconic stills from this series.

If you don't know what these are then here's the rub: from 1977 to 1980 Cindy Sherman took b&w self portrait photgraphs of herself dressed as different "characters" from imaginary films.

The result is an ambiguous film "still" that proves the age old adage of a picture is
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Becca Becca
I love the way Cindy Sherman brings an element of stage/theater/acting to photography and the eleaborate storytelling she weaves into each of her photos.

When I studied her in a photography class I found it interesting that she would often dress in characters she had created during her normal life. Apparently she had an office secretary character that she dressed up as when she went to work. She had invented some elaborate story and character analysis of this office secretary as well. Apparently
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Emily Kramer
The best part about Cindy is that when she was stealing the male gaze from under patriarchy's stinky feet, she was just dressing up and taking pictures of herself to have a good time. Brilliant!
Shawn
this book is indulgent and luscious. this book does justice to the brilliance of sherman's art without being saccharine about it.
Mike Lester
Cindy Sherman's film stills are better than most actual films being made these days.
Karie
I LOVE these photos. They are filmic and eerie and silvery and moving and...and...and....
Sonja Sweterlitsch
A great series of photographs by a very interesting artist.
Chandra
....inspiring.....
Sharon
Loved this!
Laura
I want this book.
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Cindy Sherman is an American photographer and film director of Office Killer, best known for her conceptual portraits. Sherman currently lives and works in New York City. In 1995, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Award. She is represented by Sprüth Magers Berlin London in Europe and Metro Pictures gallery in New York.
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