Okay the irony is that this page doesn't have many photographs. Truth is, the task of becoming a Cher photo archivist is sometimes beyond the energy of this solitary Cher scholar. Besides, my ivory tower has way too little storage capacity for such projects. But it should be said that photography and image-making are big components of Cher product. Photographs have played a role in icon-making in every decade, from the rebel photos of Sonny & Cher in alternative clothes seen in the teen magazines to the Richard Avedon photographs for Vogue that wedded Cher's name with glamour to the wild disco images of her stage shows to the movie stills and the chain mail rock chick poses seen on album sleeves in the 80s. Likewise, the costumery in these photographs plays a part in creating fascination-factor in Cher's look. Photos are a very intriguing aspect of Cher's career.
The Russian site Cher Love does a good job at categorizing their photo gallery. I would break it down to these categories:
Candids - always interesting insights found here.
Professional sessions - Cher has been photographed by some of the world's most famous photographers. Here are some iconic examples from some famous photographers:
Herb Ritts / Norman Seiff / Richard Avedon / Harry Langdon / Francesco Scavullo
Product packaging - usually iconic outfits.
Sonny's photos - Sonny took some amazing photographs of Cher.