He was a successful American artist living in London, England.
In 1995, at 61 years old, William Utermohlen received the most devastating diagnosis: he had Alzheimer's disease. There is no known cure for this terrible neurodegenerative disorder - it is the slow and often painful deterioration of the mind.
Rather than despair, Utermohlen resolved to keep a diary of the disease's progression in the form of self-portraits. He kept up his work until 2000 when he was admitted into a nursing home.
His last picture is a haunting testament to the devastation of this disease:
The entire series together
William Utermohlen passed away in 2007 at the age of 73.
Read more about him in The New York Times article here.
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