My work in Mississippi often focuses on the unique and diverse cultures that exist in our state. On and off since 2013, I have been attending masses, taking part in holiday ceremonies and visiting with the growing Latino community in northern Mississippi. This project was inspired by my wife’s upbringing. She was born and raised in Mexico, but Mississippi has had a special place in our hearts because this is where she became a U.S. citizen. On multiple occasions, the project has led to fundraisers and donation drives with The Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center at Mississippi State University. Through the years, I’ve been fortunate to meet and photograph hundreds of Latinos who also love calling Mississippi home.

Rory Doyle is a working photographer based in Cleveland. Born and raised in Maine, Doyle studied journalism at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.

He was a 2018 Mississippi Visual Artist Fellow through the Mississippi Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. Doyle won the 16th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest, the 2019 Southern Prize from the South Arts organization, the 2019 Zeiss Photography Award, the 2019 ZEKE Award for Documentary Photography, and the 2019 Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary Photography from the New Orleans Photo Alliance.

He has had solo exhibitions in New York City, London, Atlanta and Mississippi. Doyle’s work has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Guardian and CNN.