A man explores Rome in 1955. DiGirolamo, born into a family of doctors, wasn't interested in medicine at first; he preferred to wander with a camera, especially a 1935 Rolleiflex.
A nun collects donations on Coney Island in 1959.
Three generations of women sit and talk on the front steps of a house in Vallecorsa, Italy, in 1968.
A man rests on a bench on Coney Island in 1959. DiGirolamo says he felt like a bit of a "second-class citizen" in photography despite having exhibits of his work and publishing books.
A woman stands in front of a New York store window in 1959. DiGirolamo and his wife traveled together back and forth from New York to Italy, where he was born. He later was a physician and scientist at Emory University in Atlanta for decades.
Facing the camera's intrusive lens, a woman in Rome offers a younger view of herself. "I'm not a professional. I'm not a photojournalist," DiGirolamo says. "When I see a picture that I want to collect, I want to get it."
Two young lovers share an intimate moment at the Colosseum in Rome in 1956.