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Photographer Bill Hudson, who documented civil rights era, dies at 77 [Updated]

June 25, 2010 |  3:11 pm

Bill Hudson, an Associated Press photographer whose searing images of the civil rights era documented police brutality and galvanized the public, died Thursday of congestive heart failure in Florida, according to his wife, the former Patricia Gantert. He was 77.

Hudson's most enduring image is of police turning their dogs loose on civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963.

Hudson also worked for United Press International and several newspapers.

[update 4:30 p.m.] Click here to see the photo as it appeared in The Times on May 4, 1963.

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Top photo: Sheriff Bull Connor's officers with dogs attacking demonstrators in Birmingham, Ala., in May 1963. Credit: Bill Hudson / Associated Press

Bottom photo: Associated Press staff photographers Horace Cort, left, of Atlanta and Bill Hudson of Memphis pose in Birmingham, Ala., on May 13, 1963, at the scene of a bombing that set off rioting in the city's black neighborhoods. Credit: Associated Press