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During the late 1970s and early 1980s Sherman made a large number of Untitled Film Stills. These works are not directly derived from moving images but are single exposure photographs that borrow cinematic techniques, including lighting, scenery, and framing. Sherman herself is the model for each one. By masquerading in a series of conventional female cinema roles such as the lover or the young housewife, as if a character in a melodrama, she draws attention to the way that Hollywood cinema has contributed to stereotypes about women.

August 2004