With Dad is a photographic journal that vividly articulates Stephen DiRado’s connection to his father Gene as Gene succumbs to Alzheimer’s. Images from a chronological span of twenty-plus years beautifully tell the story of Stephen, his brother Chris, sister Gina, and mother Rose as they take on a variety of roles caring for Gene in their home, hospital, and eventually a nursing home.
The result is an emotionally charged book that illustrates the unfolding physical and psychological impact Alzheimer’s had on the entire DiRado family. Stephen’s vision, captured through transformative black-and-white photographs, empathetically portrays Gene without sentimentality and concludes nine years after his father’s death with Stephen’s resolve to document his mother Rose as an active and healthy senior surrounded by family.
What is graphically evident throughout this powerful book is the love, dignity, and profound intimacy Stephen and his family endured throughout their journey.