New York photographer, Cindy Sherman, is pre-eminent figure in the 1980’s movement, the ‘Pictures Generation.’ Her ‘socially critical’ photography is an intimate exploration of self-identity that offers critiques of gender, identity and class. Formerly trained as a fine artist, Sherman favoured the immediate nature of photography which allowed her to focus on conceptualisation. She draws inspiration from the 1950s television shows she watched as a child, and also popular culture and film. Her photos capture the heroines of film noir, horror, and psychological drama genres. Her studies are characterised by their confronting, haunting and sometimes grotesque nature.