Ravi, Seven Years Old, Begging for a Living near Indian Institute of Technology Flyover, New Delhi, from the series Street Dreams, 2005–2008
Inkjet Print, Hahnemühle Museum Etching Paper 350 gsm, Printed in 2018, Edition 6/9 + 2 Artist Proofs, 15 ⅝ x 23 ½ inches, signed in marker on front
Courtesy of the artist
Originally from West Bengal, Vicky Roy ran away from home and started working as a rag picker at the New Delhi Railway Station before he was taken into the care of the Salaam Baalak Trust, Delhi. He studied photography at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi and then apprenticed under Anay Mann. In 2007 he held his first solo exhibition, Street Dream, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, supported by the British High Commission.
In 2008 he was selected by the U.S.-based Maybach Foundation to photographically document the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in New York. As part of the program, he took a course in documentary photography at the International Center for Photography, New York.
His first monograph, Home Street Home, was published by the Nazar Foundation and released at the second edition of the Delhi Photo Festival in 2013. Roy was awarded the MIT Media Fellowship in 2014 and was a part of the Forbes Asia “30 under 30” list in 2016.