Life Through The Lens Of The Late Louisville Photographer Bud Dorsey

Aug 4, 2021 at 10:46 am
Cotter Homes | Photos by Bud Dorsey
Cotter Homes | Photos by Bud Dorsey

Louisville photographer and avid documentarian of Black life in the city, Charles ‘Bud’ Ford Dorsey Jr., passed away Thursday, July 8 surrounded by his family. Born in 1941, Dorsey was given his first camera by his uncle John Dorsey as a child. Dorsey was the lens for many important and life-changing events and celebrations in the city of Louisville. LEO wanted to celebrate his gift to Louisville through a brief selection of his work. Thankfully, through his work with the Louisville Story Program, we are able to share these photographs from Dorsey’s 2017 book, “Available Light.”

[caption id="attachment_79274" align="alignnone" width="1200"] George Burney (center) and a friend at a community event.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_79275" align="alignnone" width="1200"] July 13, 1998[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_79276" align="alignnone" width="1200"] You’re never too old to dance. West Louisville Appreciation Day in Shawnee Park.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_79277" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Anne Braden with her grandson at her 70th birthday party. (July 1994)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_79278" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Lee Jeffrey and his son Le'Augustus watch the Balloon Glow at the Fairgrounds.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_79279" align="alignnone" width="1170"] July 30, 1999[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_79280" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Cotter Homes[/caption]