Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 2004, C-print, 59 3/4 x 89 5/8".

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 2004, C-print, 59 3/4 x 89 5/8".

I decided to work with photography because, for me, it was the fastest means to an end. I wanted to concentrate my energy on ideas and be able to see the results quickly.

I began as a naive realist painter, copying from photographs or magazines or, sometimes, collages of both. But I never felt a calling for painting; while I was skilled, the act of copying was where my talent lay. There was no point to why I painted or what I copied. It was time-consuming.

At first, the technology of even old-fashioned cameras and darkroom printing intimidated me. I failed my first photography course. I didn’t get the little tricks of the trade to make the perfect print, overexposing or underdeveloping, the zone system. I just didn’t care abouttraditional photography, and that was keeping me from getting a handle on what to do with it.

I gave up worrying about perfect negatives and print quality

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