The Heartbreaking And Beautiful Faces Of People Living With Alzheimer's Disease

October 10, 2014 3:50 PM

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The Heartbreaking And Beautiful Faces Of People Living With Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a far-reaching condition, one that rips through not only the lives of those who have personally suffered through the diagnosis, but the lives of family members, friends and caretakers who brush up against the illness as well. It can transform a loved one into a stranger, tunneling through relationships, memories and routines until the familiar slips bleakly into the unknown. A brother, grandmother or husband's descent into dementia becomes an identity in itself. They are no longer themselves; they are a captive to disease.

Amsterdam-based photographer Alex ten Napel became captivated with the dissolution of dignity so often associated with dementia. In his series of black-and-white portraits, simply titled "Alzheimer," he sought to explore the experience of "wasting away," in order to ponder existence in such a state....

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