“It's so embarrassing to approach somebody and say you want to look at them,” photographer Wolfgang Tillmans said in 2011. “But without that risk-taking, nothing can happen.” He has a selection of photographs in the “Figure and Form” exhibition on the third floor of LACMA's Broad Contemporary. They hang right across from images bequeathed to artist Zoe Crosher, self-portraits of a sometimes brazen, sometimes demur world traveler who, among many other things, moonlighted as an escort. In that same room, Cindy Sherman poses in photos she took of herself, looking like a film noir femme fatale. The gallery is full of vulnerability — on the part of subject, photographer or both — and the net effect is stirring. 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; through Oct. 14. (323) 857-6010, lacma.org.

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