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In this series of photographs, Sherman takes the guise of a model just after she has been photographed for a centrefold, concealing her naked body behind a pink bath robe. Stripped of the theatricality of the Film Stills, these images seem more emotionally and psychologically charged. Shot from close up with only subtle changes to the lighting, the photographs suggest a series of complex emotions in the subject. Her sometimes vulnerable, sometimes confrontational gaze suggests exploitation rather than glamour.

July 2008