Owen Murphy Jr. is a freelance documentary/fine art photographer, born and raised in New Orleans. After living in New York City and San Francisco, Murphy returned to New Orleans in the mid 70’s to begin his photographic career. He helped create New Orleans’ first photographic cooperative, The Photo Exchange, and embarked on a lifetime of exhibiting personal work, teaching, and establishing a professional commercial business. In November of 2006, he was selected to be President of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, created in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which is dedicated to promoting the work of the New Orleans photographic community. He is a recipient of a Photography Fellowship from the State of Louisiana in 1998. In 2006 he received grants from the Joe and Dorsett Brown Foundation, the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center Katrina Art Fund, and the State of Louisiana Cultural Initiative. His work is in numerous private collections as well as those at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Louisiana State Museum, the Roger Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Historic New Orleans Collection.

In 2006, he co-founded the New Orleans Photo Alliance, a non-profit arts organizations, and was the first president of the Alliance, crafting it’s bylaws, filing for it’s 501(c)(3), securing it’s first exhibition gallery, and providing leadership for the first 2 years.


Owen Murphy