© Rory Doyle

Our next Instagram Takeover comes from Rory Doyle, a working photographer based in Cleveland, Mississippi in the rural Mississippi Delta.

Doyle is a 2019 Mississippi Visual Artist Fellow through the Mississippi Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts for his ongoing project on African American cowboys and cowgirls, Delta Hill Riders. Doyle won the 16th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest with the project, which was announced in April 2019. The work was featured in the Half King Photo Series in New York and The Print Space Gallery in London.

Additionally, Doyle was awarded a South Arts State Fellowship representing Mississippi in 2019. He was also recognized for the project by winning the 2019 Zeiss Photography Award, and the photojournalism category at the 2018 Eye Em Awards in Berlin, Germany.


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Young Riders” – Greenville, Mississippi. Photo by @rorydoylephoto. Being a cowboy means different things to different people. In the Mississippi Delta, it’s not about being a working cowboy, but identifying with the iconic Western image. Here’s how I’ve been summarizing the Delta cowboy/cowgirl scene: 1. Trail rides — no competition, just a good time to hang out, eat, drink, listen to music and ride in the woods. Often involves BBQ and ATVs. 2. Horse shows — A competition based on the gait and appearance of the horse and rider. Prize money is given in different categories. 3. Rodeo — The rodeo scene in the Delta is on a much smaller scale than Texas, Oklahoma and other states. But it does exist and participation is high when the rodeo comes to town. 4. Cowboy Night at local clubs — The cowboys gather at different dance clubs around the region. The riders wear their hats and boots, and the DJ plays songs they love. A wild party, to say the least. #photoworks_uk #RoryDoyle #instagramtakeover #photography

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