Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #3, 1977
Untitled Film Stills are seen as Cindy Sherman’s most famous series of photos. In each image, Sherman photographs herself as a cliche of “womanhood”. What makes this series a feminist work is that there is nothing to tell you that the images have been manufactured, yet when looked at in the series, the masquerade is obvious. Cindy Sherman is present in every photograph, but she is in disguise: she is at the same time the object of the gaze, but Cindy Sherman herself, cannot be seen. In this way, the male gaze is subverted and the work also shows that these stereotypical gender roles are merely performance, they are NOT an essential femininity.