Cindy Sherman No 21 Analysis

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I chose Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Still #21, which is a gelatin silver print produced in 1978. Sherman produced 69 images in the series, from 1977 to 1980. Though all of the images are of Sherman, they are not self-portraits. Sherman posed for these photos as a sort of an actress or heroine. Portraying various clichés about women in post-war America. In #21 you can see that she is dressed up in a feminine business-like dress as if she were going to or from an audition or interview. There is much absent in the photograph, such as the rest of her body or her surrounding environment. The background only reveals that she is in a large city. This ambiguity creates a universal theme, that this could be any woman in any city at any given time.

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