Posted on July 21, 2020

On Monday, July 20th, ADAO hosted our fifth successful online conversation, this time with award-winning photojournalist Earl Dotter. We were delighted to have nearly 100 registrants for this global conversation.

During the Zoom call, we discussed Earl’s life as a photographer, the dangers of asbestos exposure to workers, what the U.S. needs to do to protect those who work in hazardous jobs, and finished the call off with a Q&A.

Earl has been an advocate and voice for occupational safety, and those who work in hazardous jobs. ADAO is proud to sponsor Earl’s “BADGES: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers” posters and exhibits since 2015. 

In addition to the BADGES exhibit, Earl has photographed a  number of briefings, hearings, conferences, and community events. When asked what Earl has seen and felt while photographing ADAO’s staff briefings, conferences, and hearings, Earl said, “What I see in front o

f my camera at ADAO Briefings on Capitol Hill are ADAO member experts who live their professional commitment to protecting workers and the public from Asbestos. These advocates provide me visual pathways to create photographs to document their research findings and to show the personal travail created by Asbestos.”

Earl’s Six BADGES: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers Posters below include:

2015  BADGES: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers honoring the Legacy of Dr. Irving Selikoff

2016- the death of Alan Reinstein in 2006

2017 –  Honoring Senator Barbara Boxer 

2018 –“Asbestos Fighters: Firefighters, Emergency Responders and Caregivers. Photographs include: Patrick Morrison of the International Association of Firefighters, 9/11 Images, Dr. Raja Flores, Chairman for the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, New York, and others.

2019 – “Progress & Challenges from the Frontlines” Photographs include:ADAO’s 13th Congressional Staff Briefing with Robert Sussman, Dr. Raja Flores, Scott Faber, EWG, Linda Reinstein, Mike Mattmuller, and Patrick Morrison, IAFF, Mike with his family, and Congressman Paul Tonko

2020 “Art, Advocacy, and Academia” Photographs include: Gopal Krishna, David Michaels, Linda Reinstein, Daniel Lambo, and Robert Sussman at George Washington University, Julie G., Julie A., and others

For 50 years, Earl has been photographing some of the most hazardous and dangerous occupations in America, beginning with coal miners in the 1960s. His work was published in the 1998 exhibit and book, “THE QUIET SICKNESS: A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America.” After 9/11, Earl photographed the rescue recovery effort at Ground Zero, work that ultimately won him APHA’s Alice Hamilton Award. Before COVID-19, Dotter was touring his retrospective exhibit, LIFE’S WORK, A Fifty Year Photographic Chronicle of Working in the U.S.A. His recently published book of the same name is a companion to the touring exhibit. 

If you are interested in purchasing any of Earl’s posters or his book, please click here. Please be sure to add your shipping address to the “comment” section in the payment platform. For each signed poster, we ask that you make a donation of $20 which includes shipping. For more than one poster, the price becomes $15 per poster. Please allow 30 days for delivery via the U.S.P.S. Orders for Earl’s book may be placed through his website: 

We look forward to our sixth Zoom event in the coming weeks!