Cindy Sherman embraces Photoshop
Cindy Sherman is a photographer famous for her self-portraits in which she portrays herself as different characters, transforming her look in each shot due to clever make-up, costumes, and even set design. Rachel Wetzler in her article raises the point that in today’s age where Photoshop has become a mainstream part of photography and post-processing is very widely practiced, it becomes difficult to accept that her radical transformation in these images might in fact be ‘real’ and not a result of digital alteration.
Moving on with the times, Sherman now uses Photoshop in her work. Is this necessary if she is already so skilful in creating these portraits without it? And surely that her work was analogue was part of its appeal? Wetzler argues that, “Throughout her career, Sherman has been singularly attuned to the cultural role of images, and her digital works, too, capture and comment on the way we understand photographs today—not as documents of reality, but as raw materials that can be endlessly refashioned.”
View Cindy’s work at MoMA Exhibition.
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