Zora J. Murff

(American, b. 1987; resides in Cedar Rapids, IA)

With a background in psychology and social services, Zora J. Murff began a position at Iowa’s Linn County Juvenile Detention and Diversion Services in 2012. Working with minors on probation as a “Tracker,” he was responsible for keeping tabs of their whereabouts (either digitally or in person), and assisting in their rehabilitation. Murff quickly became fascinated by the juvenile corrections system’s effect on those within it, and began to document the experience of the youths he worked with in his series Corrections (2013-ongoing).  Murff’s images portray not only young people and the ephemera related to their probations, but he also gives a glimpse into the systems that are used to contain the individuals.  Collectively, Murff’s varied images focus on themes of control, privacy, and personal development.

Zora J. Murff completed a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University (2010) and is currently pursuing a BFA at the University of Iowa. Murff’s work has been shown in exhibitions in both Iowa and Kansas, and has been featured in various online publications including: Wired Magazine’s Raw File and Feature Shoot. 

http://www.zora-murff.com/

Youthful Offender 9660, 2013Youthful Offender 9660, 2013
Control Room, 2013Control Room, 2013

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