The Blind Painter Whose Brain Tests Surprised Harvard Scientists

Eşref Armağan was born in 1953 in Istanbul, Turkey. He was born blind but since his early childhood he started drawing pictures.

His first picture, a butterfly, was made using colored pencils – at around the age of 8. By the time he was 18, he was painting on poster paper with oil paints, and creating pictures became a passion for him.

In 2004, Harvard University, impressed by his genius, invited him for brain and eye scans. The results of those tests surprised the scientists. The brain’s visual cortex, basically dark in the visually impaired, lit up when Esref touched an object and began drawing. After that, Esref became the subject of an article by the famous New Scientist magazine. (the article continues after the ad)

Here’s some of his indeed, amazing paintings:

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Photos: Eşref Armağan