Zora J. Murff

Zora J. Murff

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Photography

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5202

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Zora J Murff is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography. Zora received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska–LIncoln and holds a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University. Combining his education in human services and art, Zora's photography focuses on how images are used to reinforce and challenge social and cultural constructs including race and criminality. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and published extensively including Aperture Magazine, The New Yorker, VICE Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, and The New York Times. In 2017, Zora was named the Daylight Photo Award Winner and was also selected as a LensCulture 2017 Top 50 Emerging Talent with his collaborative partner Rana Young. Zora's first monograph, Corrections, was published by Aint-Bad Editions in 2015 and his second monograph, LOST, Omaha, was published by Kris Graves Projects in 2018. Zora is also a Co-Curator of Strange Fire Collective, and interdisciplinary collaboration focused on promoting the artwork of women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals. 

ARTS 4853: Documentary Photography
ARTS 4813: Digital Photography
ARTS 4883: Bookmaking
ARTS 6833: Graduate Photography Studio

MFA, Studio Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
BS, Psychology, Iowa State University

_Corrections, published by Aint-Bad Editions
_LOST, Omaha, published by Kris Graves Projects


Selected Press
_Gonnerman, Jennifer, "How One Woman’s Fight to Save Her Family Helped Lead to a Mass Exoneration," The New Yorker
_Ferri, Graziano, "Zora J Murff Explores the Effects of Redlining on Omaha’s Black Communities," FotoRoom
_Washington, John, "What Would It Take To Actually See What Life Is Like in Prison?The Nation
_Tapia, Ruby, "Zora J Murff: Corrections," Aperture Magazine
_Murff, Zora, "Omaha, Nebraska," Harper's Magazine
_Brook, Pete, "Convictions," Huck Magazine
_Chittenden, Stuart, "Zora Murff," Lives Radio Show
_Ferguson, Max, "Fade Like A Sigh," The British Journal of Photography


_Duke Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award
_Light Work Artist-in-Residence Recipient