This exhibition features select works from an ongoing documentary project in the rural Mississippi Delta which sheds light on the overlooked subculture of African American cowboys and cowgirls. A recent article in Smithsonian estimated that just after the Civil War, one in four cowboys were African American. Yet this population was drastically underrepresented in popular accounts. And it still is. The "cowboy" identity retains a strong presence in many contemporary black communities.
Artist Rory Doyle is one of ten young photographers selected by Mary Stanley of Mary Stanley Studio and Young Collectors Club ATL as the 2019 Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2019 Ones to Watch. Doyle was awarded the 2019 Southern Prize; nominated for 2019 PDN Top 30; winner of Mississippi Arts Commission 2018 Visual Arts Fellowship Grant; Finalist for 2018 Eye Em Photo Competition in Berlin; Smithsonian Photo Contest Grand Prize winner; and has had numerous exhibitions, domestic and abroad, including Mississippi, Georgia, New York, London and Paris.