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Photos: The faces of those who don't recognize faces

Updated 2028 GMT (0428 HKT) May 23, 2013
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Actor Brad Pitt told Esquire that he has such a hard time remembering the faces of those he meets, he thinks he might suffer from prosopagnosia, or face blindness. He has not been tested or diagnosed with the disorder. Here's a look at others who have said they have face blindness. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Artist Chuck Close, best known for his giant face portraits, says he suffers from the condition. He said in an interview with RadioLab that he paints faces by dividing a photo up on a grid. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
Neurologist Oliver Sacks has spoken on a number of occasions about the science behind the condition and his personal experience with it. He told CNN's Sanjay Gupta that he sometimes can't even recognize his own face in a mirror. Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Primatologist Jane Goodall said she didn't realize that she had the condition until later in life when she met someone else who had difficulty recognizing faces. She wrote to Oliver Sacks, who diagnosed her. "Chimps are no easier than people" to recognize, she said in an interview. ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images
Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria revealed in 2008 that she has been diagnosed with prosopagnosia. "I find it very hard to remember names and faces, and that is a big drawback in my capacity because obviously I meet an awful lot of people," she told Sweden's Foraldrakraft magazine. Robin Utrecht - Pool/Getty Images
Duncan Bannatyne, a business entrepreneur best known for his appearance on the BBC show "Dragons' Den," tweeted that he was a "mild sufferer" in 2011. He said in a video interview that he once had a manager of his quit because the manager through Bannatyne was being rude when he couldn't remember his manager. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
Markos Moulitsas, founder of the progressive blog "Daily Kos," said in a post in 2010 that he has face blindness. "It's a shitty condition to have when your job suddenly requires you to spend significant time in social situations," he wrote. Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press
Journalist Mary Ann Sieghart said she was tested for the condition after reading an article about it. Her husband also suffers from the condition. From The Independent
Writer Heather Sellers describes her condition in her memoir, "You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know." She said she would take social cues from people's voice, gait, hair and context. from heathersellers.com
Karl Kruszelnicki, who hosts the science TV show "Sleek Geeks," had his condition analyzed in an episode. "Faces to me are just like brick walls," he said. Patrick Riviere/Getty Images