Rory Doyle: Challenging the Cowboy Culture with the Delta Hill Riders

Rory Doyle talks about documenting the daily life of the African American cowboys of his hometown for his winning series in this year’s ZEISS Photography Award.

Among the challenges for today’s documentary photographers is to tell the story of those who challenge the norms, and shed light on their everyday life. This year, the ZEISS Photography Award asked participants for their creative take on the brief of “The Unexpected” and produce a body of work with a strong, clear narrative. To this, Mississippi-based freelance photographer Rory Doyle responded with Delta Hill Riders; a poignant ongoing series on the vibrant yet overlooked community of African American cowboys in the rural Mississippi Delta.

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Zun Lee: On Photographing A Father’s Love

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“They’re not perfect, none of the fathers are.” says photographer Zun Lee in the latest episode of InFrame, a video collaboration between Bas Berkhout and Format. “There is no such thing as the perfect father. And again, that’s something the media tries to tell us. That the antidote to the absent Black Father is some sort of perfect Dr. Cliff Huxtable type archetype that can make all these problems go away.”

Zun Lee hails from Toronto but grew up in Germany. and lots of his work tries to challenge the media’s stereotypes of African American families. What he didn’t realize in his work is that he actively photographed father-child interactions. Part of this comes from the fact that the father that he grew up with wasn’t so loving of a person.

The way it relates to his psychology and through his work is rather telling and very incredible.

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