The Louisville Story Program recently released a fourth book, Available Light: Louisville Through the Lens of Bud Dorsey. This time the book is set in the West End of Louisville, including the Shawnee and Chickasaw neighborhoods.
Bud Dorsey, lifelong photographer, has compiled a small collection of photos that focus on West Louisville, as well as the people that make up the community. With an Introduction by Dorsey about his journey through multiple cameras, you feel that you are walking alongside him while capturing photos. They range from his childhood in Beecher Terrace, his service to our country in the naval forces, and on to photo shoots for Jet Magazine.
When America heard of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death on April 4, 1968, Louisville had rioting in the street. Survival was not guaranteed on 28th & Greenwood Streets, Dorsey says, because it was the police who started the riots. If you have lived in Louisville but haven’t been to the West End, you will see what Dorsey witnessed in this collection of his photographs.
Mr. Dorsey also includes photos of folks from around the country in the music industry, such as James Brown and Michael Jackson, and political activists like Anne Braden and Dick Gregory.
A tour de force for local history and visual art, this book shows the compassion of West Louisville from its past to the present, with hope for the future.
[Editor’s Note: An exhibit of Mr. Dorsey’s photographs from Available Light are on display at the the Muhammad Ali Center until January 5, 2018]
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Reviewed by Micah, Shawnee Branch