Taylor Dorrell is a New York City based photographer whose work focuses on different aspects of American life. Taylor was born in Savannah, Georgia and grew up in the southern United States.
In 2009 Taylor moved to Ohio where he finished High School and received his BFA in photography. Although occasionally traveling out of the country, most of Taylor’s work focuses on sociopolitical issues in the US and other themes like suburbia, youth, conservative culture, and religion.
“Over-the-Rhine” is a photo series that seeks to explore the Cincinnati neighborhood of the same name and its surroundings. The series was started in response to the shooting of Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black man, by officer Ray Tensing of the University of Cincinnati Police, which happened July 19th, 2015.
Tensing has been charged with murder and manslaughter. The case was declared a mistrial twice after the jury was hung on the two charges. Meanwhile, the Over-the-Rhine area has become increasingly gentrified—luxury residential buildings have gone up, a massive new park expansion is planned, and some public basketball courts face being demolished to make way for private development.
The portraits and landscapes of “Over-the-Rhine” are documentation of the people and places that are constantly disappearing and being replaced in the wake of the Ray Tensing trial.