Sherri Bunye is an American documentary photographer that also teaches basic, advanced and master-level photography classes at Crealdé, where she herself started out as a student. Her passion for photography led to her participation in The Fellowship Program in 2008-2009, and she continued her professional development in the school’s Studio Artist Residency Program in 2011 and 2012, mentored by Rick Lang, the late Director of Photography. Bunye says, “Rick’s guidance, approach to photography and commitment to students had a profound impact on my photography and teaching.” She credits Lang with giving her the opportunity to shift from teaching in the Youth Program to teaching adult classes and workshops.
Since she started teaching in 2010, Bunye has mentored many other young photographers, including leading several of the Storytellers Teen Documentary Photography Projects. She was awarded a Nikon Scholarship that allowed her to document sections of Route 66, and was selected as Crealdè’s Artist of the Year in 2011. She also was awarded a United Arts Individual Development Grant in 2011. She received one of two scholarships given to Crealdè instructors to participate in Creative Capital in 2018.
Bunye’s photography has been accepted into public art registries, juried art shows, solo and group exhibits throughout Central Florida. She is active in the Florida art community by participating in outreach programs such as Portraits of Hunger, Help Portrait-Orlando and the Snap Teen Program.
I explore my place in the world by photographing the people, places, and things that I find interesting. These images reveal a personal and timely exploration of both American culture and the physical landscape that connects us. My color and black-and-white photographs were inspired by family road trips throughout the United States. The photographic influences of iconic artists such as Stephen Shore, Joel Meyerowitz, Robert Adams, Joel Sternfeld, and Minor White has provided me with rich insight into what I find visually interesting while developing my own photographic aesthetic.