Rory Doyle is a working photographer based in Cleveland,...
Rory Doyle is a working photographer based in Cleveland, Mississippi in the rural Mississippi Delta. Born and raised in Maine, Doyle studied journalism at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. In 2009, he moved to Mississippi to pursue a master’s degree at Delta State University. Doyle has remained committed to photographing Mississippi and the South, with a particular focus on sharing stories from the Delta.
He was a 2018 and 2023 Visual Artist Fellow through the Mississippi Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. He won the 16th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest in 2019, the 2019 Southern Prize from the South Arts organization, the 2019 Zeiss Photography Award, and the 2019 ZEKE Award for Documentary Photography.

Working for The New York Times, in partnership with Mississippi Today, Doyle photographed “Unfettered Power: Mississippi Sheriffs,” an investigation project named a finalist for the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. The reportage prompted federal investigations and led to state legislation aimed at limiting the power of sheriffs.

Doyle has exhibited in New York, London, Atlanta, Mississippi and beyond. His work has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, ProPublica, ESPN, The Nature Conservancy, The Guardian, CNN, Huff Post and numerous outlets. He is a member of the National Press Photographers Association.


New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveler (China), Reuters, The Nature Conservancy, POLITICO, Pulitzer Center, Newsweek, The Atlantic, NPR, CNN, New York Times Opinion, ESPN, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN The Undefeated, Pulitzer Center, Wall Street Journal, ProPublica, Bloomberg, Getty Images, NBC News, Agence France-Presse, People Magazine, GEO Magazine, Outdoor Life, Business Insider, Yahoo News, ABC News, Globe and Mail, Garden & Gun, American Photo Magazine, Rolling Stone (France), Outside Magazine, Lonely Planet, AARP, Esquire, Associated Press, Southern Living, Men’s Journal, The Bitter Southerner, CNN Style, Barron's, In the Dark Podcast, National Parks Magazine, Photo District News, Feature Shoot, Forbes, British Journal of Photography, Sierra Magazine, Financial Times, Medium, Southern Poverty Law Center, Arts in the Armed Forces, Huck Magazine, Lenscratch, Vox Media, The Marshall Project, Ducks Unlimited, Sipa USA, Southern Foodways Alliance, HOPE Enterprise Corporation, Reebok Spartan Race, Teach for America, The Local Palate, The Sun, Daily Mail, Oxford American, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, JOIA Magazine, Food Network, Mississippi Center For Justice, MUSÉE, C41 Magazine, Canoe & Kayak Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Tiny Atlas Quarterly, Roads & Kingdoms, Delta Sky Magazine, Mississippi Magazine, Delta Magazine, Fathom and more.

Rory Doyle Photography

Photojournalist, freelance, editorial, commercial and travel photographer Rory Doyle, based in Cleveland, Mississippi — the heart of the Mississippi Delta.
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