A Critical Analysis Of Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Still 35

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This photo titled ‘untitled film still #35’ was taken in 1979 by photographer, Cindy Sherman. Sherman is known best for her conceptual portraits where she photographs herself in a variety of different costumes and poses to show herself as a different character with a completely different persona. Sherman usually shoots in her studio alone and so in order for her to create these photographs she must take on many different roles including the director, the hair stylist, make-up artist, wardrobe stylist as well as being the model. Cindy Sherman’s untitled film stills explore the ways in which the media portrays women through classic Hollywood stereotypes in the 1950’s culture and in this particular photograph Sherman uses different lighting and…show more content…
The main significance of this photo would be the message that Sherman is trying to send to the viewer about feminism and how women in society aren’t just for the male gaze, as well as to make people aware of the sexual objectification of women in society and the media. For example, through the angle of the camera it suggests that someone is watching Sherman however, her pose suggests that she is aware of this yet is still showing strength and power by putting her hand on her hip and looking away over the camera and out of the frame. As well as this the costume and pose implies how women must act tough to do their job, for instance, the strong pose and hand on hip suggests the toughness that women must show in order to be equal to men, yet once this is done they must act feminine again for the male, for example, Sherman’s neatly tied up hair and knee length

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