After finishing his BS in Psychology from Iowa State University, Zora Murff saw firsthand the injustices and flawed social perceptions within the juvenile corrections system. Picking up a few photography classes on the side during this time, he began documenting both the people and places of his experience. As with any artist, he often wonders if his work matters, does it do anything, do people care. For many of the people he photographs, he finds hope in their story and a spirit of resilience; challenging those who view these images to gain a better, more diverse perspective on the tapestry of humanity.
Murff is currently an MFA Candidate in Studio Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Combining his education in human services and art, Zora’s photography focuses on race, identity, and how images are used to reinforce sociocultural constructs. His work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and featured online including The British Journal of Photography and Wired Magazine’s Raw File. His work has also been published in VICE Magazine, GOOD Magazine, Huck Magazine, and The New York Times. Zora was the Daylight Photo Award Winner in 2017, a Joy of Giving Something Fellow through Imagining America in 2016, and was selected as a LensCulture 2015 Top 50 Emerging Talent.
This is Zora’s story.
Visit Zora online to view and purchase his work: Zora-Murff
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