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"It is as if I have lost myself," described a client of her state of being to the psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer 100 years ago. Today, as the number of old people is constantly growing, more and more people are affected by Alzheimer's disease.
This book is an artistic approach to the topic of Alzheimer's disease. Many of the images are portraits, a classical way to capture an individual's personality. The soft colors and square shapes of the photographs create a striking esthetic without denying that the people shown are continually losing their individuality. Texts and images are a plea to the individual and to society as a whole to get involved with people suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
About the Author
Ribbat is visiting Professor of American Studies at the University of Bonn. Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Cooper Union, New York (1997/98), visiting Scholar at the University of North Carolina (2000), Chapel Hill, Ansel Adams research scholar at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. Teaching interests: American fiction, photography and visual culture, cultural history, urban studies and architecture.