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Photo Exhibit Puts Focus on Real Faces of Mesothelioma Victims

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If you want to get a better understanding of the real impact that asbestos has had on the American worker, and of the devastation of a mesothelioma diagnosis, you might want to stop by UT Health Northeast. That’s where photojournalist Earl Dotter’s work is being exhibited. The show, titled, “LIFE’S WORK: A Fifty Year Photographic Chronicle of Working in the U.S.A.” showcases photos of workers who have been affected by asbestos and who have died of mesothelioma, as well as other workplace health risks.

Dotter is an award-winning photographer. He began taking photographs back in 1967 when he lived in New York City and was studying at the School of Visual Arts. Over the years his work has been featured in both The Saturday Evening Post and New York Magazine among other notable publications. He did not start out with the goal of exposing diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis, but he remembers that his instructor, Paul Elfenbine, had taught him to express himself through photography, and when he became a VISTA volunteer in Appalachia he felt so strongly about what he saw of poverty and workplace-related disease that it became his calling.

“It was there that I realized my role was to be a war-on-poverty warrior. I used photography to a large extent, but I also helped form food cooperatives for those in that region. That’s where I first rubbed shoulders with coal miners.”

His work led him to photographing victims of asbestos exposure, and to creating an exhibit specific to mesothelioma victims titled, “BADGES: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers” which has previously been exhibited at various facilities of NIOSH, the National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health. Speaking at that exhibit he said,

“It has been my goal for the BADGES exhibit to inform the present generation of what may well be the largest public and industrial health tragedy in American history, with a World Wide toll also still unfolding.”

Putting a face on the victims of mesothelioma helps people understand the wrongs that were done to workers exposed to asbestos, and Dotter does so in a way that speaks volumes of the tragedy and devastation of the disease. This is also the goal of the mesothelioma attorneys at the law firm of Danziger & De Llano. Whether negotiating a settlement with the asbestos companies or representing mesothelioma victims in court, they are dedicated to telling their story and making those responsible pay. If you or someone you love has been affected by mesothelioma, contact our office today to learn more about how we can help.

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