A woman’s 69 looks – Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills –

Daria IOAN


The American photographer Cindy Sherman created a new form of pictorialism, using the film still as basis for a series of feminine portraits which confronted visual arts’ world with the social pressure’s recurrences on women’s stereotyped imagery during some decades of the 20th century. Sherman’s critical perspective offers a fresh view on female’s identity quest by exaggerating the features of a series of old common places as well as their absurdity in terms of natural human behavior. This article gathers various interpretations of Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills, explaining their impact and its sources, as balance between the artistic act and the simple documentation.

Keywords: feminine imagery, film still, surveillance, visual cliché, identity quest, antiphotography