Delta Hill Riders

  • Photographer
    Rory Doyle
  • Prize
    1st Place / People /Traditions / Culture
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Shoun Hill For me as an African-American, I love, need, and want to see other sides of our lifestyle. This is a perfect example of that.

  • Date of Photograph

Just after the 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. "Delta Hill Riders" highlights a subculture of riders showing love for their horses and fellow cowboys, while passing down generational traditions in rural Mississippi. Ultimately, the project presses against old archetypes — who could and could not be a cowboy, and what it means to be black in Mississippi — while uplifting the subjects' voices.

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