An artist who can’t recognize faces paints portraits. To most, this would seem ridiculous, perhaps impossible. To Chuck Close, the artist, it is natural.
“I don’t care about landscapes or apples. I care about people. I have no memory of faces in three dimensions,” said Close, who has prosopagnosia, or “face blindness.” At times, Close couldn’t recognize the woman he had lived with for years. But once he paints someone, he can remember their face well enough to identify them in real life. And that is why he does it.