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Washington Jewish Week: Earl Dotter Stays Focused

»Posted by on Aug 18, 2022

The singular focus of Earl Dotter By Lisa Traiger August 18, 2022. 21 AV 5782. Vol 58 No. 33 Sixty years ago, at age 19, Earl Dotter moved to California with the goal of becoming a state resident for the then-free college tuition. During his two-year waiting period, he worked at the Gallo Winery Glass Bottle Plant, “inspecting bottle samples for flaws as they emerged from their red-hot molds,” as Dotter, a longtime Silver Spring resident, has written. By 21, enrolled in San Jose State College’s graphic design program, he bought himself a Rolleiflex camera and started photographing as much as he could in the San Francisco Bay area. Read More

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Zoom Recording Now Available

»Posted by on Feb 1, 2021

Essential Workers in the Time of  COVID-19 By Occupational Photojournalist, Earl Dotter A Johns Hopkins Education & Research Center ((ERC) Seminar The focus of this classroom seminar will be my current photographs of Essential Workers on the Frontlines of Healthcare and who are protecting us in the communities where we live in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I will discuss the evolution of my outreach methods, strategies that I have always used to protect myself in hazardous workplaces, and more recently from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Throughout my career, many of my assignments have focused on dangerous work requiring the use of Personal Protective Equipment.  My presentation will also include images of workers whose employers did not...

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Mine and Mill Portfolio: NPR’s Bob Edwards, Morning Edition Interview

»Posted by on Sep 9, 2019

Interview on the Publication of my First Portfolio. In 1980, I published my first portfolio, In Mine and Mill: A Photographic Portfolio of Coal Miners and Textile Workers. I had the pleasure of being interviewed about it by NPR’s redoubtable Bob Edwards, which you can hear below. I want to thank my friend, NPR’s Howard Berkes, for making this available. Bob Edwards Interview:  

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Altamont Enterprise: Earl Dotter’s Immigrant Job Training School Visit

»Posted by on Jun 13, 2019

Dotter: ‘Photojournalist of working people’ — and of refugees who want to work Wednesday, May 29, 2019 – 20:32 by Elizabeth Floyd Mair   ALBANY — Earl Dotter moved quietly around the long tables in a classroom on the second floor of the Emmaus United Methodist Church in Albany last month, taking photos of refugees and immigrants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burma, Afghanistan, and many other countries. The newcomers to the United States were attending a session of the Job Club that will help them prepare for and find employment. Dotter was brought to the Capital District by the Northeast New York Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health, whose executive director, Matt London, called him “the preeminent photojournalist of...

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Dotter Photo of Coal Miner, misused by Russians – in Mueller Report

»Posted by on Apr 18, 2019

2016 Trump-Pence Election Poster Was Published in the Recently-Released Mueller Report. It Is the only Mueller Report Visual Exhibit of Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. I first learned of this photo’s misuse by the Russian Internet Research Agency from Howard Berkes at NPR. Previously a friend employed at the Federal Mine Safety Review Commission saw the Trump poster online after the election. They were the first to let me know of this improper use of my photo of Lee Hipshire a black lung victim who died at age 57 in 1987 and lived in Logan County, WV. The link to my coal miner photos posted on NPR– that have supported Howard Berkes’ black lung reporting is one likely source of the hacked image, the other source is my...

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The Poet Laureate of American Workers

»Posted by on Apr 10, 2019

Grondahl: ‘Poet laureate’ of American workers bringing photo exhibit By Paul Grondahl Tuesday, April 9, 2019 ALBANY — Earl Dotter understands as well as anyone the hazards faced by workers who perform the five most dangerous jobs in America: logging, commercial fishing, airline piloting, roofing and trash hauling. He has stood alongside loggers wielding roaring chainsaws and felling massive Douglas fir trees in Washington state forests. In winter, he has straddled the heaving, icy deck of a large commercial stern trawler in the storm-tossed North Atlantic off the coast of Maine. He’s also been given extraordinary access with his camera behind the scenes on airport tarmacs, on commercial roofing projects and shadowing trash collectors...

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