Murray displayed thirst for education early in life. But John McKenzie and his Cree wife, Margaret, had five children to feed. Murray was removed from school and began accompanying his father fishing and trapping to help support his family.
Murray's mother gave him his first camera. Murray’s life-long love of photography began. After graduating from the New York Institute of Photography, Murray started recording the history of northern First Nations people and issues that shaped their lives.
For years, Murray worked with Winnipeg Free Press reporter, Bob Lowery, until Lowery retired in 1997. They proved a powerful combination; Bob’s writings about northern people and events accompanied Murray’s captivating photographs.
A collection of his photographs were displayed in prestigious galleries throughout North America. He became the first aboriginal to exhibit in Europe, showcasing his work in the Westphalian Museum in Germany.