Stunning images celebrate the young black riders of the Deep South who turn Wild West stereotypes on their head


Stunning images have captured the black cowboys living in the rural Mississippi Delta.

Photographer Rory Doyle’s pictures challenge the Hollywood stereotypes and Wild West caricatures of white cowboys that are so familiar to movie audiences around the world.

Doyle, 34,instead focuses on the black cowboys and cowgirls in the Delta. It is estimated that one in four cowboys in the US were black following the Civil War.

The project began in early 2017 when Doyle attended a rodeo celebrating black cowboy heritage in the region and over the past two years he has documented them.

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