Cindy Sherman was born in New Jersey in 1954. She grew up in a poor and big family. Cindy's creative nature manifested itself from early childhood. She loved to dress up and reconcile different images, and these were images not of princesses and beauties, but of witches and monsters. In addition, Cindy was very fond of watching films, many of which she reviewed several times, literally memorizing by heart.
Studies in a private college is an expensive pleasure and the Sherman family could not afford it. Therefore, Cindy went to state college, where she studied painting. Cindy drew well, but she was not very interested in it. She believed that in painting, she imitates the old masters, but she wanted to create.
Cindy loved to change clothes and dress up, the source of materials for such changes was a second-hand, where she found many interesting costumes. At first, Cindy used costumes for parties, but very soon she began to photograph herself in them. Using these costumes, Sherman created her first series of photographs called "Bus Riders". In this series, she took a lot of comic shots of supposedly random people in transport.
In 1977-1980 Cindy Sherman created the project "Untitled Film Stills". She came up with the idea of shooting typical female images from European and American cinema. Movies she watched and memorized, as well as her passion for creating images, helped her a lot in this project. In fact, using her knowledge of existing clichés in pop culture, Cindy created photographs very similar to shots from films, but films that do not exist. The whole project consisted of 69 small format photographs (20x25 cm). In each photo, Cindy played the role of the character of a movie. In her project Cindy investigated the place of a woman in society, her mission and influence. And it was a win-win move - she immediately attracted attention!