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Available Light: Louisville Through the Lens of Bud Dorsey

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Muhammad Ali Center

144 North 6th Street

Louisville, KY 40202

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Bud Dorsey is West Louisville's most iconic living photographer. This event will celebrate the publication of his long-overdue first professionally published book AND the opening of a solo exhibit of 30 of his photographs; both the book and the exhibit are entitled Available Light.

Free and open to the public. Doors at 5:30, program at 6:00. Cash bar. Hors d'oeurves provided.

Bud has dedicated over 50 years to documenting life in Louisville, especially the experiences of African Americans. He spent 15 years as a freelancer (JET, Ebony, the Courier-Journal, the Louisville Defender, etc.) and 20+ years as the sole full-time staff photographer for the Louisville Defender, and since his retirement in 2002, he has continued to take photographs every day.

The photographs in Available Light show us life in Louisville as many of us have never seen it before. Bud teaches us how to look at our community: with love, curiosity, respect, nuance, concern, playfulness, hope, heartbreak, and pride. Available Light is a love letter to Louisville, crafted outside of mainstream arts and media worlds over the course of decades by a man who cares and has always been there to bear witness.

This book is the culmination of an 18-month collaboration between Bud Dorsey and the Louisville Story Program, the book's publisher. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Louisville Story Program and the Muhammad Ali Center.

The lead funder of this project is the Louisville Metro Art Fund.

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