Alzheimer’s is a mysterious disease capable of stealing memories and time from our loved ones. British artist William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1995. Utermohlen decided to document the progression of the disease by doing self-portraits until he no longer remembered his own face. As terribly sad as these portraits are, they show how rapidly—and with such fury—Alzheimer’s can affect the human brain.
Utermohlen’s widow, Patricia, said, “In these pictures we see with heart-breaking intensity William’s efforts to explain his altered self, his fears and his sadness.”
William Utermohlen passed away in 2007.
MAN WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE DREW A SERIES OF SELF-PORTRAITS OVER THE YEARS
William Utermohlen’s self-portrait from 1967
Below, Louis Theroux’s eye-opening and poignant 2012 documentary Extreme Love: Dementia. I highly, highly recommend this documentary if you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or just want to learn more about the disease. You won’t soon forget it.
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