Hugues de Montalembert.
A French artist who lost his sight in New York, 1978.
Read his book entitled ‘Invisible’ (2010). New York. Simon and Schuster. You would find in it more than what I can express in a blogpost. You will need to step into it yourself…the experience of being blind.
Other references (if you can access other French sources, it would no doubt provide a fuller picture. Perhaps YouTube would offer other pieces of evidence and details):
Devorah Lauter. (2010). Blind man in Paris creates visions. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/15/world/la-fg-blind-artist-20100515. Los Angeles Times.
Wendy Moonan. (2010). The Art Set: Hugues de Montalembert. http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/art-set/2010/hugues-de-montalembert. New York Social Diary.