Are you interested in photography? Be sure to mark your calendar for this amazing discussion with talented award-winning photographer Stephen DiRado!
Stephen DiRado Lecture: Revisiting Bell Pond 1983 and New Works
A PowerPoint presentation, DiRado will be showing examples from his upcoming book, Bell Pond, Davis Publications 2024. During the summer of 1983, DiRado made documents using a large format camera and black and white film to capture a Worcester inner city community at leisure in and around a city park and pond. He recorded a time in Worcester’s history of a mix of young and old, immigrants and native families merging together to find relief from the hottest summer on record. The results of his efforts produced the most in-depth photo essay of any community archived to date in central New England.
DiRado will also show recent unpublished photographs from his series In the Present Day: an emerging body of work that perceptually investigates our state of mind living in an endemic world.
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Our January 2024 monthly meeting will be held on Sunday, January 14th from 12 noon to 1:30pm. NOTE THE DIFFERENT DAY AND TIME – usually our monthly meetings are on the third Tuesday. We are holding this on a Sunday to work with Stephen’s schedule.
BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569
This meeting and session is free and open to the public. No experience is necessary. The fun of our workshops is that we all learn new things we’ve never done before.
All are welcome – this workshop is open to members and non-members. Feel free to bring along a friend! We’d love to see you there to learn some new things and explore your creativity!
Ask with any questions!
More about Stephen DiRado:
A professor in the Studio Art Program at Clark University, Stephen DiRado has over four decades experience in the field of documentary photography and filmmaking. He is a recipient of a 2012 Simon Guggenheim; 2019 Bob and Diane Fund and five other major fellowships. DiRado’s photographs internationally can be found in many public and private collections including MFA, Boston, MA. He has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Vice Magazine, National Geographic; internationally, Geo Wissen Magazine, Daily Mail, 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. With Dad 2021, a documentary film by director/producer Soren Sorensen is a narrative history by DiRado about the project With Dad. The film has won numerous awards across the U.S.
This January he will be featured in the New Yorker magazine, interviewed by Margaret Talbot about his 1980s Mall Series photographs. Davis Publishing in late January will be releasing DiRado’s newest book titled, Bell Pond; photographs from a Worcester community 1983.
Stephen DiRado lives and works out of a triple decker in Worcester, MA. Year round he documents communities, couples and individuals at work and at leisure.
This Uxbridge gallery is supported in part by BVAA member dues, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and by ValleyCAST. The space use is kindly donated to us by ValleyCast, the community outreach department of Open Sky Community Services. Open Sky uses this space for special-needs client activities during daytime weekdays. They allow the BVAA use of the space – and its gallery walls – on evenings and weekends. We actively support their inclusive mission. All are welcome to all of our events and activities!