The first of William Utermohlen’s self-portraits was made in 1967, the rest from 1996. That was the year following his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. They chart his decline up to 2000 in a very vivid way.
Now there is talk in the popular press that successful children are less likely to develop dementia in later life. Research by S Dekhtyar at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute go on to say that exercise of the brain in later life can also reduce the rate at which the condition develops.
(Images courtesy of the artist’s estate and GVArt Gallery, London)