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Sargy Mann: Painting with inner vision

Artist Sargy Mann has been registered blind for 25 years. His paintings are highly acclaimed and sought-after.

Sargy Mann has been painting all of his professional life, first as a teacher and later as a professional artist.

In his mid-30s he developed cataracts on both eyes, eventually leading to total blindness. He continued to paint.

Twenty-five years later, Sargy's work is highly sought-after by collectors, with paintings regularly selling for upward of £50,000 (US$80,000).

He spoke to BBC News about his life and gave an insight into how he continues to work.

Video journalists: James Dowd & Matt Margrett

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