From Earl Dotter:

Exhibit Guide



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.

Presented: 2022. University of Maryland

Presented: February 11th – 20th, 2020 at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business / School of Nursing and Health Studies, Washington, DC

Presented: October 28th – November 1st, 2019 Tri-Main Center, Buffalo, New York. marking the 40th Anniversary of the Western New York Council for Occupational Safety and Health

Presented: April 22nd -26th, 2019 at the Empire State Plaza, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York.

Sponsored by: NENYCOSH-Northeast New York Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health during Workers Memorial Week.

Presented: February 24th, – 27th, 2019 National Labor-Management Blue Cross/Blue Shield Healthcare Strategies Meeting, in Cape Coral, Florida.

Presented: December 3rd – 6th, 2018 NCOSH-National Council for Occupational Safety & Health Conference, at the Baltimore, Maritime Center.

Premiered: September 13th – November 30th, 2018 at AFL-CIO Headquarters, in Washington, DC.

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2019 – Opened 2015


A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers.

The BADGES exhibit focuses on today’s Firefighters, Emergency Responders, and Caregivers. It addresses the public health toll taken from Third Wave environmental asbestos exposure.

These photo ID badges personalize the individuals who were unknowingly harmed by the mining, manufacturing, or use of asbestos. The badges name the companies that harmed legions of workers beginning in the 1900s up to now.


    • 2019 - Asbestos Disease Awareness Organizations, Annual Conference, Washington, DC. 
    • 2017 - 2018 - Drexel University, Rincliffe Gallery, Philadelphia. 
    • 2016 - The Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Boston.
    • 2016 - The University of Texas at Tyler.
    • 2015 - The AFL-CIO Washington, DC Headquarters.

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2014 – 2018

Work. Respect. Dignity:

Shared Images and Stories of Maryland’s Eastern Shore Immigrants.

PRESENTED: University of Maryland Salisbury, Downtown Gallery. Funding from the Maryland Council on the Humanities Community Involvement Grant.

Exhibit now installed in the Migrant Clinicians Network Eastern Shore Occupational Health and Safety Office.

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1998 – 2012

The Quiet Sickness:

A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America.

PRESENTED: David J Sencer CDC Museum, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. Harvard School of Public Health, Boston. U.S. Department of Labor Headquarters, Washington, DC. American Industrial Hygiene Association, Washington, DC. Roosevelt University, Gage Gallery, Chicago. Main Branch, Cincinnati Public Library.

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2011 – Permanently Installed

Maimonides At Work:

Passionate About Medicine, Compassionate About People.

PRESENTED: 300 large-format photographs of hospital staff at work from the top heart specialist to workers at the loading dock supplying the institution were created in 2010. The display is permanently installed in the 700-bed hospital located in Brooklyn, New York.  A book of the same name was also created and given to each staff member in the hospital in connection with the institution’s 100th anniversary.

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Holding Mother Earth Sacred:

Developing Sustainable Energy Resources, Creating Sustainable Jobs.

Honoring Indigenous Beliefs on Tribal Lands.

PRESENTED: University of Colorado, Denver Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building; American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exhibition (AIHCE) in Denver. Exhibit partially funded by the NIOSH Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (Grant # T42 OH009229) and the University of Colorado, Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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2008 – 2010

Farmworkers Feed Us All:

The Labor and Health of Migrants in Maine’s Hand-Harvest Season.

PRESENTED: Maine Cultural Building Library, Museum, and Archives, Bangor, Maine Statehouse; Harvard School of Public Health; U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC.

Exhibit tour of hand-harvest sites throughout Maine supported by:

Ann Backus, Director of Outreach, Harvard School of Public Health; Leslie Manning, Maine Dept. of Labor; The Maine Initiatives Harvest Fund; Mike Rowland, Medical Director, Maine Migrant Health Program. The Migrant Clinician’s Network, NIOSH Education and Research Center (Grant # T42 OH008416); The HSPH Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology Program, and The HSPH NIEHS Center for Environmental Health (Grant # T42P30 ES000002).

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2007 – 2008

Just A Nurse:

A Nurses Week Tribute to Nursing Practice, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

PRESENTED: Exhibit first presented during Nurses Week at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with interviews conducted by Suzanne Gordon, accompanied by Earl Dotter photographs.


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2007 – 2010

Coal Miner Health in Appalachia:

With the Photographs of Russell Lee in 1946 and Earl Dotter in 2006.

PRESENTED: Touring coalfield exhibit first opened at Wheeling Jesuit University, in Wheeling, WV, then traveled to public venues throughout West Virginia and Kentucky.  It was finally hosted at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. This exhibit was sponsored by the Appalachian Institute of Wheeling Jesuit University.

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When Duty Calls:

An exhibit tribute 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.  Firehouse memorials in Manhattan and Brooklyn erected by New Yorkers honor the 343 firefighters lost in the WTC rescue and recovery.

PRESENTED: Harvard School of Public Health; U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC Headquarters; and at the Headquarters of the AFL-CIO in Washington, DC 2001-2002.

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2000 – 2001

The Price Of Fish

Our Nation’s Most Perilous Job Takes Life and Limb in New England.

PRESENTED: IFISH Conference, Woods Hole, Massachusetts; Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC) located near the Portland, Maine Commercial Fishing Pier; Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; Funded by an Earl Dotter Fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation.

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1999 – 2000

Appalachian Chronicle 1969-1999

The Coalfield Photographs of Earl Dotter.

PRESENTED: Southwest Virginia Community College, Appalachian Studies Conference in Richlands, Virginia; it also toured in Kentucky and West Virginia in locations where the exhibit photographs were made.

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1978 – 1979

Rise Gonna Rise

A Portrait of Southern Textile Workers.

PRESENTED: Gallery 1199 of the Hospital Workers Union in New York City;  Images also appeared in a book, published by Doubleday of the same name by Mimi Conway.  Pilgrim Press published a portfolio of 20 Dotter Textile Worker and Coal Miner images titled: In Mine & Mill in 1979.

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1977 – 1978

In Our Blood

Coal Miners in the 1970’s.

PRESENTED: Gallery 1199 of the Hospital Workers Union in New York City.

Gene Thornton in a New York Times exhibit review stated, “Earl Dotter is one of the ten most important photographers to have emerged in 1978.”  Cornell Capa, the International Center of Photography (ICP) founding director, purchased ten images from this exhibit for ICP’s permanent collection. A book of the same name written by Matt Witt illustrated with Dotter photographs was published by the Highlander Center Research and Education Center in 1979.

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