Stephen Dirado | Summer Spent

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Join Worcester Historical Museum on Thursday, October 25 for an exclusive screening of Stephen DiRado’s self-reflective experimental documentary, "Summer Spent," which depicts a photographer obsessed with artistic perfection.

A Worcester, Massachusetts resident for over 27 years, DiRado has relentlessly documents his friends, family and Worcester in series such as "Bell Pond," "Worcester Galleria" and his "Dinner Series."

Having recently been awarded a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow for his "Beach People" series, the film "Summer Spent" serves as a spin-off of this long-term photographic project. DiRado begins his cinematic journey at his studio in Worcester, MA, and then captures the subculture of a clothing-optional-beach on Martha’s Vineyard where he has been photographing for over twenty-five years. Developing a symbiotic relationship with his subjects, DiRado produces revealing portraits of a diverse group of beach goers in his "Beach People" series; "Summer Spent" documents that process and those relationships.

"Summer Spent" is a stylized poetic film that offers an intimate insight into DiRado’s relationships, the Vineyard environment and his inner thought process as an artist.


6:30 PM – Doors open to the public
7:00 PM – Introduction followed by Screening
7:45 PM – Reception

This event is free with Museum admission. *Parental advisory "Summer Spent" contains brief scenes with nudity.