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Exhibition: "In the footsteps of Bill Pickett American Cowgirls & Cowboys" by Cyril Bailleul


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It was in 2012, quite by chance, that the photographer discovered African American cowboys and cowgirls and the Bill Pickett Rodeo in Atlanta.
Fascinated by cultural diversity since his beginnings as a photographer for UNESCO, and always imbued with the quote from Saint-Exupéry, "If you differ from me, my brother, far from hurting me, you enrich me", Cyril Bailleul , in the continuity of this approach, wishes to share through this exhibition this African-American western heritage, an important American cultural heritage.

Born in 1870, Bill Pickett is a legendary cowboy from Taylor (Texas) descended from Africans and Cherokee Indians. Pickett invented the "Bulldogging" technique which earned him the nickname "The Bull-Dogger". He performed in the biggest rodeo shows in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and even England. He even became the first African-American western film actor, admitted to the National Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1971. Every year since its creation in 1984, The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo crosses the United States to celebrate the legacy of these cowgirls and African American cowboys.

About Cyril Bailleul
Cyril Bailleul was born in Paris in 1971. At 20, he exhibited for the first time at the Maison Nationale des Artistes and met the French photographer Willy Ronis. A succession of beautiful encounters will then guide his career as a photographer. In 1997, he collaborated with UNESCO. He then became official photographer and magazine subject photographer for the Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg, for Koffi Annan for the UN, for heads of state, ministers ... The photographer collaborates with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the 'International Organization of La Francophonie, he met the Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala, Abbé Pierre, President Abdou Diouf… In 2000, he produced a series of portraits of Portuguese plastic artists for the Institut d'art contemporain du Portugal and UNESCO; exceptional photos which will give rise to numerous exhibitions. His passion for the southern United States is highlighted during a photo exhibition in Paris and then at the Atlanta celebrates photography festival.
Cyril Bailleul is a member of the Atlanta photography group. He was laureate of the Social Institute of France and of the European Union and distinguished by the International Association of Plastic Arts of UNESCO.
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