Rory Doyle Fellowship 20: Delta Hill Riders
Sep 15–Dec 31, 2020
Silver Eye Center for Photography
Aaronel Deroy Gruber & Irving Gruber Gallery
4808 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
1/7: Peggy at the Ride
2/7: Western Light
3/7: Big Mac Dancing
4/7: Young Riders
5/7: Faithful Cowgirl
7/7: Jarvis and Gramps
Fellowship Award winner Rory Doyle's project, Delta Hill Riders, is an ongoing series which explores the subculture of African American cowboys and cowgirls in the rural Mississippi Delta, shedding light on a band of horse riders that have historically been overlooked.
Fellowship is Silver Eye's international juried photography competition. For nineteen years this competition has recognized both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe, and from the state of Pennsylvania. This year, Silver Eye received over two hundred submissions of creative, challenging photography. The Fellowship Award is awarded to an artist working within the United States or abroad. Rory Doyle's work was selected by our juror Julie Crooks, Assistant Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Rory Doyle is a photographer based in Cleveland, Mississippi in the rural Mississippi Delta. He is a 2018 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. Later that month, Doyle was awarded the Southern Prize from South Arts organization. The work was featured in the Half King Photo Series in New York and The Print Space Gallery in London before opening at the Delta Arts Alliance in February 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.