Recognition & Press



Current – Visiting Scholar, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, reappointed annually since 1999.

2018 – Publication of retrospective monograph, LIFE’S WORK, A Fifty Year Photographic Chronicle of Working in the U.S.A. by AIHA PRESS, 500 photographs, 250 pages.  The companion exhibit of the same name on view at the AFL-CIO’s Washington, DC headquarters, from September 13th until November 29th, and then at 2018 NCOSH Conference, Baltimore in early December.

Photo on front cover with 66 Dotter photographs published inside in Occupational Health and Environmental Health, Recognizing and Preventing Disease and Injury, Edited by: Barry Levy, David Wegman, Sherry Baron and Rosemary Sokas, Oxford University Press, Seventh Edition.

2016 – Received the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s Tribute of Inspiration Award, for creating the touring exhibit: BADGES, A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers.

2015 – Received Lifetime Achievement Award in Occupational & Environmental Health from New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and from the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

2014 – Awarded grants from the Maryland Humanities Foundation and the Migrant Clinicians Network to create the exhibit, WORK. RESPECT. DIGNITY: Shared Images of Maryland’s Eastern Shore Immigrants, presented at the University of Maryland, Salisbury, Downtown Gallery.

2012 – Reprise of THE QUIET SICKNESS, A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America, exhibit presented at the Center for Disease Control, Sencer Museum, Atlanta.

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

2010 – Inducted as Honorary Lifetime Member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

2007National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, Dotter coal mining photographs added to the Permanent Collection.

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.”

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, Washington, DC.

1999 – Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/6/99, Full-page photo spread entitled, “Hard, Dirty Work,” featuring poultry, textile and coal industry workers exhibited at the Appalshop Gallery in Whitesburg, Kentucky.

1999 – The 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.

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.

1997 – The Sunday Rutland Herald and the Sunday Times Argus, 10/12/97, Vermont Report.  “In This State” by Will Lindner, “Photographer Aims Lens at Hazards of Working World” covers 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.

1988 – Recipient, Leica Medal of Excellence Award, National Capitol Region.

1985 – Photograph, citation in A World History of Photography, by Naomi Rosenblum, pages 532 & 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;  10 page portfolio 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, sponsored by Columbia School of Journalism.


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LIFE’S WORK, A Fifty Year Photographic Chronicle of Working in the U.S.A. 2018

A retrospective of Dotter images, 1968-2018 as seen through his earliest exhibits through the present.  Themed photographs also visualize a range of occupational, environmental and public health issues documented throughout Dotter’s career. 

Opens: Thursday, September 13, 2018, at AFL-CIO Headquarters, 815 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, at 5:00 pm.




The Quiet Sickness: A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America

Presented in 2012

David J Sencer CDC Museum
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road, NE at CDC Parkway  Atlanta, GA 30333  |  (404) 639-0830

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Images in this traveling exhibit are a 40-year chronicle of the individual cost in health and lives lost of those who perform essential but often unnecessarily hazardous tasks in the United States.  Photo topics included: Health Care, Public Safety, Construction, Agriculture, Textile/Chemical Industries, Office Communications, Coal Mining, Automobile Manufacturing.





Hospital, Healthcare, New YorkMaimonides At Work permanently installed in 2012

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Passionate About Medicine, Compassionate About People
As part of the 100th anniversary of the Maimonides Medical Center, a 711-bed teaching hospital in Brooklyn, New York, this 300 image exhibit pays homage to the whole hospital team — who are several thousand strong. These pictures, with interviews by Suzanne Gordon, unroll the tapestry of care that enables Maimonides to handle more than 700 inpatients a day.



Holding Mother Earth Sacred

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Developing Energy Resources, Creating Sustainable Jobs, Honoring Indigenous Beliefs
Four tribal communities illustrate the valuable contributions made on tribal lands in energy resource development (conventional, renewable, alternative), job creation and worker safety.  It also honors tribal beliefs and initiatives that guide those communities towards tribal sustainability.  The exhibit concept and Interviews were created by Cindy A. Becnel.



 Farmworkers Feed Us All

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The Labor and Health of Migrants in Maine’s 2007 Harvest Season
Included are photos/interviews from Maine’s broccoli, blueberry, vegetable, cranberry, and apple harvests and also the dairy, egg , tree planting and thinning harvests. This exhibit highlights workers in this high-risk, low-wage working population who are the engine of Maine’s agricultural economy.  The exhibit concept and Interviews were created by Tennessee Watson.



When Duty Calls, An Exhibit Tribute

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To New York City Emergency Responders on Ground Zero in the Aftermath of 9/11
After the horrific attack at the World Trade Center, Ground Zero was a raw, open wound. Attention is drawn to the army of emergency responders opening “the pile,” and rebuilding the infrastructure in and around the destruction site.  Fire house memorials in Manhattan and Brooklyn erected by New Yorkers honor the 343 firefighters lost in the WTC rescue and recovery.



Just A Nurse

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A Nurses Week Tribute to Nursing Practice, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Hospitals all over the USA and the world celebrate Nurses Week.  With the best intentions, however, many focus more on nurses’ hearts than their brains.   The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has chosen to deviate from that path.  What becomes apparent in this exhibit created with Journalist, Suzanne Gordon, is not only how kind and attentive nurses are but how knowledgeable, immensely skilled, technologically proficient, and medically astute they are-more than “just a nurse”.



The Price Of Fish

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Our Nation’s Most Perilous Job Takes Life and Limb in New England
Commercial fishing is now this nation’s most dangerous occupation.  This exhibit chronicles a brutal week-long trip in December on an eighty five foot long stern trawler out of Portland, Maine into the North Atlantic. The toll on New England’s inshore fishers is chronicled from Eastport, Maine, south to historic Gloucester, Massachusetts. as lobsters and scallops are hauled in.

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