About the Artist


Seattle photographer Larry Murphy attended Lewis-Clark State College (Lewiston, Idaho) and later earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1967 from the University of Idaho, College of Art and Architecture. He then settled in Seattle and practiced architecture with international architecture and design firms until 1995. Since that time, he has focused his creative energies on fine art photography. He is currently owner and curator of the Zen Dog Studio and Tea House Gallery in the Crown Hill neighborhood of Ballard.


Among Larry’s mentors in the wider world of photography are Minor White, Ansel Adams, and Imogen Cunningham. Though his subjects are varied, he has specialized in Northwest outdoor scenes and, most recently, is making large-format black-and-white nature studies for exhibition. The stock shown on his Web site includes photos of snowscapes, rivers, mountains, rock formations, buttes, waterfalls, and the wild Olympic coastline.


Larry draws inspiration from ancient Chinese philosophy, especially Lao Tsu and the Tao Te Ching. The Zen of seeing, for which one must wait, empty oneself, and be still, crystallizes on the camera’s ground glass and gives expression to his mind’s eye.


For Larry, nature photography is a very personal and spiritual process of discovery. The moment when the shutter is released is, for the photographer, an indescribable experience of centeredness and of oneness with the unspoiled wonder of nature.


Larry Murphy’s photographs have appeared in the February 2005 edition of Shanghai Home Décor and in Photographer’s Form Magazine’s 2000-2002 Best of Photography Annual. Some notable exhibits were at Greenwood, Ohlund (Ballard), Shoreline Center (Shoreline, Washington), the Chinese Culture Center (Seattle), the Photographic Center Northwest (Seattle), the Lewis-Clark Center for Arts and History (Lewiston, Idaho), the Northwest Asian American Theater’s RAW Gallery (Seattle), and the Northwest Exhibition of Environmental Photography (Seattle, WA).




"Wait for the right moment. Be empty, be still. Watch everything just come and go. Emerging from the source, returning to the Source. This is the way of nature."

--Alan Watts




Contact information:


Larry Murphy

Zen Dog Studio and
Tea House Gallery

2015 NW 85th St.

Seattle, WA 98117


Phone :



Web site: www.ZenDogStudio.com




About Zen Dog:


The Zen Dog Studio and Tea House Gallery regularly hosts visual arts exhibitions by local and international Asian artists working in a variety of media. A Chinese tea ceremony complements the Zen experience.


Receptions are held concurrently with Ballard ARTwalk events on the second Saturday of every month from
6 PM to 10 PM. The gallery is normally open daily by appointment.