Honorable Mention TOKYO-2018 Editorial / Photo Essay

Delta Hill Riders

  • Company
    Rory Doyle Photography
  • Photographer
    Rory Doyle
  • Technical Info
    Digital Photography Photo Essay
  • Photo Date
    2007-2018

A recent article in Smithsonian estimated that just after the American Civil War, one in four cowboys were African-American. Yet this population was drastically underrepresented in popular accounts. And it is still. The “cowboy” identity retains a strong presence in many contemporary black communities.This ongoing documentary photo essay in the Mississippi Delta, sheds light on an overlooked African-American subculture — one that resists both historical and contemporary stereotypes.The project began in January 2017 when I attended a black heritage rodeo in Greenville, Mississippi.