ADAO is Proud to Sponsor Earl Dotter’s “Badges: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers” Photography Exhibit
Posted on April 10, 2015
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is pleased to sponsor photojournalist Earl Dotter, and his groundbreaking photography exhibit, “Badges: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers.”
The most recent work in a successful career documenting hazardous jobs throughout American history, “Badges,” features ID badges worn by asbestos workers alongside historic photographs of work sites, product advertisements, vintage photos, and product catalogs from industrial companies, connecting the human faces to the industry.The exhibit, honoring the legacy of asbestos research and workers health advocate – Dr. Irving J. Selikoff, features real life workers who spent their lives unknowingly mining and manufacturing products containing a lethal amount of asbestos. The companies were aware of the deadliness of their products, just as they are aware today, yet in many cases these dangers were ignored. Tragically, little has changed since the photos were taken – asbestos is still legal and lethal in the United States and in many countries around the world.
“Badges: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers” will be on display on April 18, 2015 at the ADAO International Asbestos Awareness Conference. Mr. Dotter will also be presenting at ADAO’s 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference. After the ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference, the exhibit will travel and be shown at various educational venues including the Workers’ Memorial Day Exhibit at AFL/CIO, The Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
ADAO encourages you to check out and be apart of this incredible exhibit. As a comprehensive tribute dedicated to workers, Mr. Dotter is asking for any mesothelioma warriors or family members to submit one picture, badge, or other piece of memorabilia honoring family members or friends who worked in these dangerous asbestos industries. Family memorabilia can be brought to and submitted at the ADAO International Asbestos Awareness Conference. Through this exhibit, ADAO and Mr. Dotter hope to remember and honor asbestos workers, raise awareness of asbestos in the workplace, and increase prevention work in the medical community.
More About Earl Dotter: Mr. Dotter has a long and esteemed career in his field. After following the plight of coal miners decades ago, he created “THE QUIET SICKNESS: A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America.” He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health since 1999. In 2000, Dotter received an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship to document commercial fishing, which had become our nation’s most dangerous trade. After 9/11, he photographed the rescue recovery effort at Ground Zero, for which he received the American Public Health Association’s Alice Hamilton Award. More recently, Mr. Dotter has followed the hazardous jobs new immigrants perform in the USA.