I'm very excited to announce that Corrections was chosen as the Winner of the 2017 Daylight Photo Awards! The feature on their website includes the essay The Face Is A Passport by the talented Gemma Goodale-Sussen.
I currently have a series of selected works up at Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa. I was invited by Jordan Weber to pair works with his installation Crabs in a Bucket. The show will be up until August 19th. If you're in Des Moines or happen to be passing through, stop by.
Weber’s large-scale and glowing works are in perfect pairing with the smaller selected works of Zora J Murff. Murff uses the art of black and white photography to create portraits that “challenge perceptions of Black masculinity and perceived threat through age, posture, and gaze”. These seventeen works, covering a wide range: young and older Black men, padlock and soiled shirt on fences, tattooed hands, an obstructed stop sign, water beading, black fists, black birds below a glowing sun, black birds without the burning sphere in sight, public housing, tossed shoes over wires, an absent figure cut out of plywood. The stereotypes and myths are dispelled and made human by the simple power of really looking at people and things in order to elevate them. Each photograph tells a singular story, and together, these photographs speak of community and commonality, while embracing differences. The hooded man and the shirtless young black boy with basketball are both vulnerable and hopeful. The man sitting on a stoop, staring directly at the viewer, becomes an invitation to dialectics. To visibility and recognition.
—Michaela Mullin, Moberg Gallery
Crabs in a Bucket
Exhibition by Jordan Weber with Selected Works by Zora J Murff
2921 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50312
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
I'll be completing a residency at The Union for Contemporary Art from July 31st through August 12th. As a part of their programming, I'll be part of a panel discussion about the power of the photographic image. This discussion is in conjunction with the exhibition Where We Land.
Join us for a conversation about the power, authority, and reliability of photographic images with exhibiting photographer Zora Murff and Chief Photographer for WOWT News Mike Plews.
Where We Land explores the landscape of disproportionate violence against people of color. Photographer Zora Murff (Lincoln, NE), and multidisciplinary artists Jordan Weber (Des Moines, IA) and Lachell Workman (Bridgeport, CT) use the physical materials and visual details of urban and natural environments as a vehicle to explore presumed narratives and the gaps between contradictory interpretations of shared views of violence.
Image Witness: Photography in the Age of Viral Communication
Wednesday, August 9th 7:00pm-8:30pm
The Union for Contemporary Art
2423 North 24th Street
Omaha, NE 68110
I'm excited to announce my first publication in The New York Times. I was asked to visually interpret Adrian Matejka's poem, "If You're Tired Then Go Take a Nap". The project is a part of a series in which six photographers were paired with six poets. I took an intimate approach to Mr. Matejka's words, based on the feelings of nostalgia they generated. You can read more about the process in this additional article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/us/how-poems-inspire-pictures.html