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About

For over thirty years, Stephen DiRado has made stunning portraits and landscape images in a remote location on the beaches of Martha's Vineyard.  Now at last, a sumptuously designed and produced new book, Stephen DiRado Up-Island, will bring together the very best of these images.

In Up-Island, Stephen shares his multi-faceted, highly personal vision of his corner of Martha's Vineyard-- the remote, wind-swept, western end of the island colloquially termed 'up-island.' His images convey deep insight into the interpersonal dynamics and inner worlds of his subjects, and a singular perspective on the ever-changing, unspoiled up-island landscape.

The result: A rich book of moods and atmospheres, a Vineyard of dreams.

Kirk, Aquinnah, MA, July 9, 2012
Kirk, Aquinnah, MA, July 9, 2012

Stephen, a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in photography, has chronicled a circle of artists, friends, and seekers during summer after summer. The intimacy and power of these images are enhanced by his use of black-and-white film and a large format, 8x10 inch camera.

Untitled (eroding clay), Aquinnah, MA, July 18, 2013
Untitled (eroding clay), Aquinnah, MA, July 18, 2013

The varied, haunting landscapes in Up-Island combine with the portraits to form a highly personal body of work, embracing a range of themes and emotions-- eroticism, solitude, connection, and loss.

Carla, Aquinnah, MA, August 17, 2002
Carla, Aquinnah, MA, August 17, 2002

Stephen is working with a leading book designer and printer in Europe to create a book which will do justice to these stunning photographs-- a beautiful object you will be happy to own and revisit for years to come. The specs: full Verona cloth hardcover, Smyth-sewn, cotton head and tail bands, 11 x 12.5", debossed well on front cover with tipped-on image (Johanna, Aquinnah, MA, September 16, 2012), duotone images.

Untitled (flowers), Aquinnah, MA, July 9, 2016
Untitled (flowers), Aquinnah, MA, July 9, 2016

But world-class production comes at a price-- that's where you come in. If we all help, Up-Island will become a reality. 

Untitled (moon), Oak Bluffs, MA, April 5, 1997
Untitled (moon), Oak Bluffs, MA, April 5, 1997

Stephen has devoted much of his career teaching three decades' worth of students at Clark University. This is our chance to give something back-- to help him realize his first published book.

The rewards are exceptional for this exceptional project-- limited edition silver prints housed in elegant portfolio-stye boxes; signed volumes; and much more at every level of contribution.

Here are the stunning images available as limited edition prints:

(l-r) JeanNette; Milky Way; Johanna; Untitled (sand)
(l-r) JeanNette; Milky Way; Johanna; Untitled (sand)

Please see the Rewards section at right for further details.

Risks and challenges

Stephen's exquisitely detailed images deserve the best, most advanced printing and binding. Our goal is a beautiful, lasting object. We've contacted the foremost book designer and printer in Europe and they're enthused to be part of this project-- but their expertise comes at a price.

If we don't meet our funding goal, we'll receive NONE of the money pledged. It's that simple. We all need to pitch in for this book to become a reality!

Should we meet our goal with your help, sending you rewards like amazing, limited edition prints, and making this book a reality will be our first priority. And if we exceed our goal, we can print more copies of this landmark publication.

It will take creativity and a bit of time as we work with our partners in Sweden, but please be patient-- we're confident the wait will be worth it! You will be proud to support and own a remarkable book you'll be drawn to again and again.

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    Signed postcard

    Signed postcard with a Stephen image and his inscribed thank-you for supporting the Up-Island project.

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    Signed vintage poster, 'Bell Pond', Grove Street Gallery, 1984. Approx. dimensions: seventeen by twenty-two inches.

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    Signed vintage exhibition poster, Stephen DiRado, Galleria, from the Worcester Art Museum.

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    Across the table with S.

    Have breakfast or coffee with Stephen and be included in his ongoing color series, Across the Table. Location-- at a mutual convenient place in the greater Worcester area. Limit: fifteen.

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    JeanNette, inkjet print

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    Johanna, silver print

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    Untitled (sand), silver print

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    Milky Way, silver print.

    Edition of 5 with 1 artist's proof. Signed, titled, dated & editioned, verso. Image size: ten by twelve inches. Plus book copy, inscribed by the artist.

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    Your portrait!

    Stephen takes a portrait photograph of you and/or your significant other at a greater Worcester, MA location of mutual convenience. Plus book copy, inscribed by the artist.

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