• About

    Owen Murphy, Jr.

    Experienced Freelance Photographer Specializing in Studio Photography, Documentation Of Art Objects, Editorial, Photojournalism and Documentary images. Also, Location and Studio Portraiture, Music Performances, Advertising, Public Relations, Special Events, And Medical Photography (Opthalmic). Expert level with all photographic film and digital cameras.

    Photographic Instructor for over 20 years in beginning and advanced photographic techniques.

    Excellent written and oral communication.

    Well established and experienced leadership skills with proven ability to organize and create a collaborative team approach.

    Excellent working knowledge of Word, Photoshop, Mac computers, and the Internet.

    For 12 years was the Photographer for The New Orleans Museum Of Art creating images of every collection resulting in numerous books and catalogs, The Museum Handbook and magazine articles. Completed a 2-year project for The La. State Museum documenting over 2,000 various items in the Museum's collections. Chief Photographer for busy antique auction house. This work required use of all film formats, primarily with the large format 4x5 camera.
    15 Years with The N.O. Academy Of Fine Arts as an Instructor in Basic Camera and Darkroom, Documentary Photography, and Studio Lighting.
    Photographer for the New Orleans Museum of Art Handbook
    Photographer for the Lauren Rogers Museum Handbook
    Photographer for the Birmingham Museum of Art Handbook
    Principal Photographer for a retrospective catalog of the art of Ida Kohlmeyer for the Woldenberg Gallery, Tulane Univ.
    Recently completed photography for a major catalog of Native American baskets for the Lauren Rogers Museum of Laurel, MS.
    Photographer for the Tulane Univ./Newcomb College book “The Arts and Crafts of Newcomb Pottery”, published 2013 by Rizzoli

    I have been photographing various aspects of the Louisiana Creole culture since 1978 as an ongoing documentary project. Recently, the recovery of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina has been my main documentary photography project.
    Photographed for 2 years with House Of Blues Production, as Still Photographer, creating production stills. Also, created production stills for 6 years during the N.O. Jazz And Heritage Festival for the Japanese broadcast network, NHK; Acura Automobile Company and Michael Murphy Productions.
    Recently, I co-founded the non-profit arts organization, the New Orleans Photo Alliance, and served as the first president for 2 years guiding the membership of over 250 photographers as we acquired our first exhibition gallery, applied for our 501(c)(3) status, hosted numerous exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and the initiation of PhotoNola, an annual month of photography in New Orleans.

    Special Projects
    Recently scanned and printed 600 glass plate negatives from the John Mendes Collection for the Historic New Orleans Collection.
    Recently created vintage photographic prints for the “Green Lantern” movie project being filmed in New Orleans.
    Completed principal photography for a soon to be published Rizzoli publication on Newcomb pottery in the Tulane Univ. art collection.

    Selected Books/Catalogs:
    "Creoles Of New Orleans", First Quarter Publishing Co., 1987
    "Louisiana Photographers", Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, 1988
    "Passionate Visions Of The American South", New Orleans Museum Of Art, 1990
    "The Dwight and Lucille Beeson Wedgewood Collection", Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, 1992
    “Masterpieces Of Faberge” The Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection, New Orleans Museum Of Art, 1993
    "Pictured In My Mind: Contemporary American Self-Taught Art", Birmingham Museum Of Art, 1995
    “A Symphony Of Animals By Walter Anderson”, University Press Of Mississippi, 1996
    "The Hawkins' Collection: German Meissen Porcelain”, Hawkins Press, 1997
    "Imari: Japanese Porcelain For European Palaces" The Lupin Collection, New Orleans Museum Of Art, 1997
    “Tiffany Favrile Art Glass” by Moise S. Steeg”, Schiffer Pub. Ltd., 1997
    "Mardi Gras Treasures", Pelican Publ.Co.2000
    "Robert Wilson: Image-Maker", Univ. Washington Press, 2001
    "Tools of Her Ministry: The Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan", Rizzoli International Publs.2004
    "Ida Kohlmeyer: Systems of Color", Hudson Hills Press, 2004
    “By Native Hands: Woven Treasures form the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art”, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, 2005
    “The Arts & Crafts of Newcomb Pottery”, Skira/Rizzoli, 2013
    “The Currency of Taste”, The Gibbons Georgian Silver Collection of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, 2018

    Selected Exhibitions:

    2017 - “Nature vs Man vs Nature” multi media installation at the New Orleans Art Center
    2016 - “Currents” Exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in conjunction with PhotoNOLA
    2015 – “El Viajero”, an exhibition of personal photography, The Mexican Consulate of New Orleans
    2014 – “New Orleans Culture Photography Exhibition”, The Multi-Media Museum – Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia
    2010 - “Residents and Visitors: 20th Century Photographs of Louisiana, New Orleans Museum of Art
    2009 - “Currents” Photos from Mexico, at the New Orleans Crescent City Brewhouse
    2007 - “Moments in Time: New Orleans at the Crossroads” New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and at the Tarragona International Dixieland Jazz Festival, Tarragona, Spain
    2007 - “Visions of New Orleans”, Exhibition of Photographs, Ministry of Culture and Communications, Paris, France.
    2006 - “Vision/Revision”, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, La
    2002 -"Profiles of a Culture: Louisiana's Creoles"- Jean Lafite National Park and Preserve, Thibodaux, La
    2000 -"All Saints Day In Lacombe", International House Hotel, New Orleans, La., One Person Exhibit
    1998 -"Goin' 'cross My Mind", Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, La., Group Exhibit
    1997 - "Corpo Santo", New Orleans Academy Of Fine Arts, New Orleans, La., One Person Exhibit
    1995 - N.O.M.A. Artist Commission For "Starting Point" Group Exhibit, New Orleans Museum Of Art.
    1993 - "Contacts/Proofs", Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, Group Exhibit
    1991 - "Louisiana Creoles Of Color", Lafayette Natural History Museum, Lafayette, La., Group Exhibit.
    1989 - "Lost Soles", Loyola Univ., New Orleans, La., One Person Exhibit

    New Orleans Museum of Art
    Ogden Museum of Southern Art
    Historic New Orleans Collection
    Louisiana State Museum
    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Client List:
    House Of Blues
    NHK Japanese TV Broadcast Network
    Michael Murphy Productions
    Rolling Stone Magazine
    New Orleans Magazine
    Boston Globe
    Horticulture Magazine
    American Artist Magazine
    Wavelength Magazine
    New Orleans Museum Of Art
    Delta Airlines
    Perez And Associates, Architects
    Sterling Drugs, A Kodak Company
    Louisiana State Museum
    Historic New Orleans Collection
    Birmingham Museum Of Art
    Tulane University
    T.U. Alumni House
    Blacktop Records
    Holiday Inn
    Lauren Rogers Museum Of Art
    Roger Ogden Museum Of Southern Art
    Arthur Roger Gallery
    ArtNews Magazine
    Cultural Vistas Magazine
    Thomas Mann
    Univ. Press of Mississippi
    Xavier University
    Zimmer Dental
    Modjeski and Masters
    Louisiana Dept. of Development and Transportation