Sunny Strader

I am a documentary artist based in Los Angeles and Illinois. The themes in my work include dreams, mortality, perceptions of reality, and the millennial condition.

My work is heavily influenced by my hometown of Danville, Illinois, as well as the culture of my current home in California.

I’ve worked as a newspaper photographer, an obituary writer, and a photo assistant before pursuing my own art full-time. After working for a year under filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, I created my own long-form documentary projects.

My project ‘5th Grade Dreams’ explores the adult lives of all of her fifth-grade classmates. This ongoing project will be featured as a multimedia project with NPR in the fall of 2019. The work has earned me features in Aint-Bad Magazine and the Strange Fire Collective. The project has been exhibited in Los Angeles and will make its hometown debut in October 2019.

In the summer of 2019, I completed a documentary photo project that explores what it means to age in Los Angeles, the city of dreams. “My Friend Charlotte” features a 71-year-old self-proclaimed hustler, Charlotte Caron, in the final two years of her life.

My work has also been featured by Instagram’s #EyesOn campaign, Bird In Flight Magazine, and Voyage LA. I’ve exhibited work at the House of Lucie in Los Angeles. Most recently, I was named a winner of The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Award.