Recognition & Press


2012 – Visiting Scholar, Harvard School of Public Health (no stipend). Reappointed Annually Since 1999.

2011 – Received commission to photograph for the book, Maimonides At Work, honoring all levels of staff on the occasion of the Maimonides Medical Center’s 100th Anniversary in Brooklyn, New York. Also, commissioned to create a 300 picture exhibit to be permanently installed throughout the hospital in 2012.

2010 – Inducted, Honorary Lifetime Member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; 66 Dotter photos published in Occupational Health and Environmental Health, Recognizing and Preventing Work Related Disease, Edited by Barry Levy, M.D. and David Wegman, M.D, Oxford University Press, 6th Edition

2007  – Coal Mining Photographs added to the Permanent Collection and on display at the renovated National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC

2002 – NEWSEUM Photojournalist of the Month (May), Website Presentation Honoring Earl Dotter’s  9/11 Ground Zero photography.

2001 – Alice Hamilton Award presented by American Public Health Association, to commemorate a “Lifetime of Service to Occupational Health and Safety.”  “Communicator of the Year Award from the Metropolitan New York Labor Communications Council.

2000 – Recipient of the Josephine Patterson Albright Fellowship in Photojournalism from the Alicia Patterson Foundation to document the hazards of the commercial fishing industry in New England.

1999 - The Washington Post, 9/6/99
Lead Editorial, “Labor Day: Real People,” cites THE QUIET SICKNESS Photography Exhibit at the U.S. Department of Labor Headquarters

1999Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/6/99
Full-page photo spread entitled, “Hard, dirty work,” featuring poultry, textile and coal industry workers from current exhibit at the Appalshop Gallery in Whitesburg, Kentucky

1999The Washington Post, 9/3/99
Business Section Feature entitled, “A 25-Year Cross Country Chronicle, Snapshots on the State of Workplace Safety.”
The article by Cindy Skrzycki states, “Dotter’s work, representing 25 years of workplace history, shows in black and white the gritty reality of what it is like to work in the closed space of a mine, the devastation of losing a life from work related injury, and the reduced circumstances of families who lose a breadwinner to a dangerous job.” The article quotes Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman’s observations about THE QUIET SICKNESS exhibit on display at the U.S. Department of Labor Headquarters in Washington, DC.

1999The Louisville Kentucky Courier-Journal, 7/15/99
Feature article by Kimberly Hefling entitled “Photos Focus on Miners’ Struggles,” consists primarily of an interview with Earl Dotter as he installed the APPALACHIAN CHRONICLE exhibit in the Appalshop Gallery in Whitesburg, KY.

1998 – Semifinalist, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for THE QUIET SICKNESS, A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work In America. Published in May 1998 by AIHA Press.

1998The Synergist Magazine, August 1998
The August issue, contains a biographical article by Elizabeth Simon entitled, “The Quiet Activist: Earl Dotter And The Art of Workplace Photography.” The cover story article consists of four pages and five photographs.

1997 – The Sunday Rutland Herald and The Sunday Times Argus, 10/12/97, Vermont Report

1997 – “In This State” Column by Will Lindner entitled, “Photographer Aims Lens at Hazards of Working World.” The column provides details about THE QUIET SICKNESS exhibit on display in Burlington, Vermont as part of the exhibit’s tour of New England sponsored by The Harvard School of Public Health’s Occupational Health Program.

1997 – Finalist, Harry Chapin Media Award, Category: Best Photojournalism, for The Quiet Sickness exhibit, book and Columbia Journalism Review article.

1991 – Finalist, Alicia Patterson Photojournalism Fellowship

1988 – Recipient, Leica Medal of Excellence Award, Nat’l Capitol Region

1985 – Photograph and citation, in A World History of Photography, by Naomi Rosenblum, pages 532 and 534, Abbeville Press.

1983 – Eight-page portfolio published in Photo/Revue, edited by Sebastiao Salgado; Paris, France.

1981 – Finalist, W. Eugene Smith Fellowship
Recipient, Creative Artist Program Grant, NY State Council for the Arts.
Ten-page portfolio published in American Photographer magazine with essay by Walter Rosenblum.

1978 – “The Art Annual Award, Communication Arts,” for Best Black and White Editorial Photography as published in Quest/77 Magazine in article entitled, “Coal, Past and Future Fuel.”
Review, The New York Times Sunday “Photography View” column by Gene Thornton cited the Gallery 1199 coal mining exhibit, “In Our Blood,” as “one of the ten most important photographic events of 1977.”

1976 – Recipient, National Magazine Award for The United Mine Workers Journal in category of Specialized Journalism, as photographer along with two staff writers.