Artist Spotlight: Stephen DiRado – Worcester Mag

A professor in the Studio Art Program at Clark University, Stephen DiRado has more than 40 years of experience in the field of documentary photography, filmmaking and conceptual art.
He is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim in 2012 for his decades of documentary work on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. In 2018 he received a Bob and Diane Fund Award for “With Dad,” which documents more than 20 years of his father succumbing to Alzheimer’s.
DiRado also was a recipient of four Massachusetts Cultural Council awards, and three from the Massachusetts Artist Foundation. DiRado’s photographs can be found in museum collections from the MFA, Boston to the MFA, Houston; published nationally in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, Black and White Magazine; internationally, Geo Wissen Magazine, Vice Magazine, UK DailyMail and Royal Photographic Society Journal. DiRado’s book “With Dad,” published by Davis Publications in 2019, illustrates a loving and changing relationship between father and son as Stephen’s father succumbs to Alzheimer’s.
The documentary film “With Dad,” directed by Soren Sorensen in 2020, has won seven national awards and will air on GBH beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. The documentary is also streaming online at https://www.wgbh.org/with-dad. Presently, DiRado is documenting the societal impact of COVID-19 under the title, “During Virus Time.”

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