Boott exhibit chronicles hazards of work

08/02/2007
By Used with permission from the Lowell Sun Online.

LOWELL Everyone has been sick of work at one time or another. But what if your job was actually making you sick?

Long-term exposure to toxic chemicals and carcinogens has affected many American workers, and photojournalist Earl Dotter captures this sad phenomenon in The Quiet Sickness: A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America, showing at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum Oct. 1 through Dec. 11.

Among many subjects, Dotter's work chronicles a textile mill community in Greenville, S.C., where mill workers contracted Brown Lung disease as a consequence of exposure to cotton dust while on the job at the local mill.

Taken over the past 25 years, his collection of photos tells the story of what American workers face on a daily basis.

The opening reception will be held at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Foot of John Street, on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more info, call 978-934-3127 or contact www.uml.edu/ laborextension/opening.htm.