When photographer Stephen DiRado started noticing that something was off with his father, he couldn’t figure out what was going on. Was this just what happened when people got older? Was his dad depressed? He started making appointments to photograph his father to see if the images might hold some clues. Doctors eventually diagnosed his dad with Alzheimer’s disease.

For the next 16 years, DiRado continued making photographs of his father during each stage of the disease.

“This is so 100 years from now, historians, doctors, kids, artists, whoever can look at these images,” he said. “And I hope that by then, there is no more Alzheimer’s, that it will be like looking at leper colony photos.”

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Nick Lehr

Arts + Culture Editor

‘With Dad,’ Marlborough, Massachusetts, Oct. 29, 1998. Stephen DiRado

Holding on and holding still, a son photographs his father with Alzheimer’s

Nick Lehr, The Conversation

What do you do when the subject is a disease as much as a person, and when the disease then subsumes the person – to the point where he can't recognize his own son?

Hemingway and his eldest son, Bumby, pose in Havana harbor in 1933. Collection of David Meeker

How Hemingway felt about fatherhood

Verna Kale, Pennsylvania State University

While the man the world knows as 'Papa' balanced the demands of parenting with his work, his letters and fiction offer a window into the depth of his paternal feeling.

Richmond’s towering 1890 Robert E. Lee statue is transformed by protests following the killing of George Floyd. John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Latest legal hurdle to removing Confederate statues in Virginia: The wishes of their long-dead white donors

Allison Anna Tait, University of Richmond

A Richmond court says the city cannot remove its controversial Robert E. Lee sculpture because an 1890 land deed gave the Confederate monument 'to the people' of Virginia, not its government.