Cindy Sherman is one of the best-known photographers on the planet. Her photographs—in which she often uses herself as subject—have upended the way we see art history, the way men see women, the way women see themselves and the way we all see ourselves.
Though she started as a painter at Buffalo State College, Ms. Sherman launched herself to stardom with her iconic self-portraiture. Since the ’70s, she has photographed herself in an immense range of costumes, from Hollywood movie star to grotesque clown to Renaissance muse. For decades, her portraits—which are currently on display in galleries across North America and Europe—have explored and challenged the roles women play in contemporary society and throughout history. By acting as both subject and photographer, Ms. Sherman has demonstrated women’s capacity to forge their own identities and define their place in society on their own terms.