AT ALL COSTS: Photographs of American Workers by Earl Dotter

April 8, 2017 to May 20, 2017


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 was the primary collaborator on this exhibition, and much of the work in the exhibition came from their private collection.


Video by Ferrini Productions featuring the poem “There are Different Ways of Knowing” by Chuck Levenstein and the photographs of Earl Dotter.


In partnership with Occupational Health Clinical Centers of Syracuse,
Binghamton and Canton, in the Department of Family Medicine;
SUNY Upstate Medical University,
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East,
the Central New York Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO,
and the Workers Center of CNY

This exhibition was made possible, in part, by funding from the County of Onondaga, administered by CNY Arts.ononcnyarts

Additional funding for this project was made possible in part by:

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Diana Cramer, Therese Deegan, Mark Feldman & Chris Riley, Lanny Freshman & Rae Kramer, Barry & Barbara Gordon, Julie Gozan & Tom Keck,Diane Grafly & Paul Pearce, Bruce Grannan, Greater Syracuse Labor Council AFL-CIO, Ann Jamison, Elizabeth Koldney & Barbara Sutton, Jack Mannion, Lydia & Jerry Miner, Onondaga Community College Federation of Teachers and Administrators (OCC FTA) – Local 1845, Moe Harrington & Jeffrey W. Herrick, Lleni Pach, Carole Resnick, Michael Riecke & Anthony McEachern, Madeline Spadola, Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane, and Patricia & Jorge Torretti in honor of Sidney Manes.

Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead