Rising From The Ashes


Having lived on the streets, Vicky is able to understand the kids completely and has managed to stay honest and portray the true self of these children.

Vicky Roy “These pictures not only highlight the lives of street kids, but also show my journey and where I have come from.”

This article was originally published in November 2013.

Vicky Roy’s incredible journey is an inspiring one. Born in West Bengal, Vicky Roy ran away from his home when he was just 11 years of age. His fate brought him to the streets of New Delhi where he lived for two years after which, he was rescued by the Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT), an NGO for street children in New Delhi.

At this year’s DPF 2013, Vicky launched his first photo book, Home.Street.Home. The book offers a glimpse into Vicky’s early life on the streets. Vicky started making these pictures in 2005 and concluded the series late in 2012. “At the time of making these pictures, I had not thought about producing the work into a book. My focus was to showcase the street kids in a different light. By highlighting their lives, I wanted to show how I use to live on those streets, how it used to be my home and the transition from streets to living in shelter homes is. Home.Street.Home is not just about street kids. It is my own story.”

In 2012, Vicky was part of an exhibition Apna Ghar, where the co-founder of Nazar Foundation, Prashant Panjiar and photographer Sanjeev Saith felt that a book should be published on the same. By the end of 2012, with the contribution of many photographers, artists and friends, Home.Street.Home was ready to be the first book in the Nazar Photography Monographs. Besides this, Vicky is also the co-founder of Delhi-based community Rang which holds an open library and other sessions that encourage discussions on photography.

— written by Chandni Gajria

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