Maurice Strickland (born January 1983), known professionally as Sonny BL^CK, is an American photographer, musician, videographer, and entrepreneur. Born in the Austin neighborhood of the  west side of  Chicago.
Since his emergence in 2003, Strickland has easily proven to be one of the windy city's most talented & respected indie creatives. Through his visual artistry, Sonny has continued to enjoy increasing success and impact his audience in fresh way. Working primarily in the areas of Commercial Portraiture, Fashion + Beauty, Lifestyle, Editorial Weddings, Street Photography & Fine Art, The artist has been able to capture or cover several high profile events including the Chicago Bank Of America Marathon, New York Fashion Week, Chicago Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, and several festivals, events, and weddings around the world. 
The Chicago artist also continues to advocate on behalf of other artists & entrepreneurs, promoting the ideals of open collaboration & group economics to a whole new era of the city's creative talent.
Clients
One Management Chicago
Ford Models
Rune Models
10MGMT
Cabo Models
Select Model Chicago
VNY Models NYC
MUSE Models NYC
BASE Models UK

Artistic Influences
Miles Davis
Peter Lindbergh

Tupac Shakur
Annie Leibovitz
John Mayer
Mos Def
Gordon Parks
Quincy Jones
Spike Lee
Helmet Newton
Bob Marley
James Baldwin
Jimmi Hendrix
Nina Simone
Denzel Washington
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