“I love looking at pictures. I love making pictures. I love that every image is different. I love that photography isn’t easy for me. I love the technical and logistical issues. I love connecting with people I’m photographing. I love sharing pictures. I love that photographs are special to people. I love that pictures encapsulate feelings, memories, and time. I love that photography has taken me to cool places. I love that I’ve made so many wonderful friends and family because of photography. I love that photography is inspiring and it’s impossible to be done with it. I just love photography.”
Jordan Naholowa’a Murph has been a professional photographer, technician, and consultant since 2004. Raised in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Jordan began his career began as a student at the Kamehameha Schools followed by the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where he was photographer and photo editor for the student newspaper, Ka Leo ‘O Hawai’i. He traveled to California to continue his education and began assisting top level editorial and commercial photographers in the region. He went on to work as a Photo Technician and Assistant Photographer for Sports Illustrated and has been assigned to hundreds of events including the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, NBA Finals, Final Four, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Finals, among others. Jordan spent two seasons in house for the Los Angeles Angels as the Photography Editor & Archivist and founded Angel Photo Services, a first of its kind full service department for the Major League Baseball team. His work has been recognized by numerous publications and companies including Sports Illustrated, MANA, Ka Wai ‘Ola, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Muscle & Fitness For Her, Hawaii Business, University of Hawai’i, T-Mobile, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Disney/ABC, Dolby Laboratories, Orange Roc, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, USA Baseball, among others.
His ongoing personal work and kuleana (responsibility, duty), Hawai’i Piha, documenting pure Kanaka Maoli (pure Native Hawaiians), has been his focus since 2010.
Jordan is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.