Earl Dotter has been photographing American workers on the job for over forty years. Beginning in the Appalachian coalfields in the early 1970’s and continuing to the present, he has put a human face on those who labor, often in dangerous and unhealthy conditions. 

In 2007, Dotter’s Coal Mining Series was added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. The Occupational Health Clinical Center of Syracuse is the primary collaborator on this exhibition, and much of the work in the exhibition comes from their private collection.