Saturday, June 20, 2009

And you are?

This rather grim encounter between Big Bird and Chuck Close (thanks P) reminds us that Close, as well as being a quadriplegic, is unable to recognize faces.

“Essentially I have no memory at all for people in real space, but when I flatten them out in a photograph, I can commit that image to memory in a way; I have almost a kind of photographic memory for flat stuff.”

Close’s condition is known as face blindness, or prosopagnosia.