Charles “Bud” Ford Dorsey Jr., a longtime Louisville photographer who captured tales in his personal community and around the earth, died Thursday, in accordance to the Kentucky Middle for African American Heritage.

He was 80.

Dorsey was born to Charles Sr. and Anna Lewis Dorsey in Louisville’s Beecher Terrace Housing Complex in April 1941, according to his 2017 reserve, “Accessible Light: By way of the Lens of Bud Dorsey.” He went to Madison Road Junior Significant, wherever Muhammad Ali — then Cassius Clay — was one of his classmates.

Dorsey’s passion for pictures started out at an early age as he carried around his Kodak Hawkeye Brownie camera to acquire pictures of good friends and his neighborhood, according to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

Dorsey volunteered at the studio of Louisville photographer Arthur Evans, wherever he uncovered photography and film development. He joined the Navy in the 1960s and throughout his service shot photos close to the environment in Italy, France, Africa and South America, in accordance to the heart. 

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Just after the Navy, Dorsey enrolled at East Los Angeles College to examine pictures. He began capturing for the Louisville Defender as a freelance photographer in 1981, documenting the city’s African American communities though doing work whole-time at the American Synthetic Rubber Co.

When he was laid off with above half the staff at the rubber firm, he took a whole-time task at the Defender, where he worked as the only entire-time employees photographer for additional than 20 yrs. His work also appeared in a lot of publications like Ebony, Jive, JET and Soul Confession magazines, and The Courier Journal.