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Cindy Sherman

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Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman is an American photographer whose works concentrate on images of female characters, many of whom are stereotypes of characters from film and older types of art.

Her 1978 work Untitled film stills show images of women as they are often portrayed in the movies; the type of female character seen in such films as Hitchcock thrillers, photographed in Black and White.

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Sophie Calle’s Take Care of Yourself (Prenez soin de vous).

This work is a collection of images of women reading an email from Calle’s boyfriend which ended their relationship, To quote Calle directly:

I received an email telling me it was over. I didn’t know how to respond. It was as if it wasn’t meant for me. It ended with the words: Take Care of Yourself. I took this recommendation literally. I asked a hundred and two women, chosen for their profession, to interpret the letter in their professional capacity. To analyse it, provide a commentary on it, act it, dance it, sing it. Dissect it. Squeeze it dry. Understand for me. Answer for me. It was a way to take the time to break up. At my own pace. A way to take care of myself. (Calle 2007). Continue reading Sophie Calle’s Take Care of Yourself (Prenez soin de vous).

Sarah Pickering – Public Order

I have to come clean and admit that these images don’t make me feel the way that either the artist or the course book expect me to feel. To me they simply feel to me like photographs of a vacant film set. This is largely a result of my background in broadcasting, having worked for many years on such sets as the outdoor set for Coronation Street and the setting for The Bill. Continue reading Sarah Pickering – Public Order