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Available Light: Louisville Through the Lens of Bud Dorsey

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Available Light: Louisville Through the Lens of Bud Dorsey

A book honoring the legacy of the legendary photographer Bud Dorsey, produced in close collaboration with him. Now back in print!

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The Louisville Story Program is challenging the arena of what a book is and what a book can do and where books matter in our communities.
Nikky Finney, 2011 National Book Award winner