The Work of Miners Photographed

Earl Dotter Photography

Earl Dotter Photography

This morning, I stumbled upon a great online photo display of a specific photographer’s work, Earl Dotter, who has spent most of his career documenting the work lives of Americans for more than 30 years now.

The image shown here represents what most of his focus has been, which is rigorous and hazardous work. He started his career in the late 1960’s, when many miner regulations were not in place as they are today. He gained more interest in coal miners and their work lives during an assignment to the Cumberland Plateau Region of Tennessee.

In 1972, he was offered to work for the United Mine Workers in America Journal, where he focused on capturing many coal miners’ subjects, from dangerous daily tasks to their struggle with “black lung” cases and workers’ rights.

One of his most impacting and praised works, THE QUIET SICKNESS: A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America, is a collection of vivid portraits and images of coal miners that does an excellent job at capturing an honest look at the hard work and dangers involved. He later on branched out and began to document other occupational subjects, as well.

One thing is for sure. Viewing Dotter’s images can definitely leave an impacting reminder to all safety leaders of their purpose: to protect all workers from health and safety hazards. If you’d like to see more of his work, take 5 minutes to view Dotter’s work through his website at http://earldotter.com/portfolio/stock/.

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