D O C U M E N T A R Y M A T T E R S
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Digital Silver Imaging
9 Brighton Street, Belmont, MA
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Rory Doyle (via Skype from Mexico)
Winner of the 2019 ZEKE Award for Documentary Photography.
Fellow with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and staff photographer at the San Antonio News-Express.
Photo by Rory Doyle from Delta Hill Riders
Rory Doyle is a photographer based in Cleveland, Mississippi in the rural Mississippi Delta. Born and raised in Maine, Doyle moved to the South in 2009 and has remained committed to the region ever since. His work often highlights unique Southern subcultures commonly overlooked. Doyle 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 in 2019 and 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..
Delta Hill Riders
This ongoing project, “Delta Hill Riders,” sheds light on the overlooked subculture of African American cowboys and cowgirls in the rural Mississippi Delta. The work resists both historical and contemporary stereotypes. Rory Doyle has captured black heritage rodeos, horse shows, trail rides, “Cowboy Night” at black nightclubs, and subjects’ homes across the Delta. It’s a story that’s particularly timely with the current political environment, and one that provides a renewed focus on rural America. Doyle has captured a group of riders showing love for their horses and fellow cowboys/cowgirls, while also passing down traditions and historical perspectives among generations.
Photo by Lisa Krantz from Rowan's Reach
Lisa Krantz is currently a fellow with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and a staff photographer at the San Antonio Express-News in Texas. In 2018, Lisa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for the story of Rowan Windham, a 10-year-old who inspired others with his positive outlook on life despite battling a rare, incurable disorder. She was also a finalist in 2015 as part of a team entry on the Central American immigration crisis. Her work has been recognized by World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International (POYi), ASNE Photojournalism Award and the Scripps Howard Award for Photojournalism. PDN Photo Annual, SPJ's Sigma Delta Chi and the National Headliner Awards have also recognized her work. She is a three-time NPPA Region 8 Photographer of the Year. Krantz has a psychology degree from Florida State University and a MA in photography from Syracuse University. Previously she worked at the Naples (FL) Daily News.
Lisa will be presenting two long-term stories from San Antonio, Texas.
Documentary Matters is an initiative of the Social Documentary Network and Digital Silver Imaging to provide a place for photographers to meet with others involved with or interested in documentary photography and discuss ongoing or completed project. This is a free and open meeting for anyone interested in presenting, viewing, or discussing documentary photography.
You don't need to be a professional, expert, or established--you just need to be committed to the documentary form and committed to learning from feedback from others. And you don't need to be a photographer or presenting your work to attend. Everyone is invited to join us, look, listen, and comment. Still photography, multimedia, and video encouraged. Documentary required.
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