From rags to fame

What: Listen to Vicky Roy, a 27-year-old documentary photographer, as he shares his experiences and journey from being a ragpicker in New Delhi to becoming a popular artist and inspiration to many. Roy will be sharing his triumphs and mistakes, and talk about how his dream to see the world inspired him to become a photographer. He will also be showcasing a selection of photographs, which won him several fellowships and awards across the world, including a special series on the new World Trade Centre in New York.

How: “I started collecting plastic bottles at a very young age. We would fill them with water and sell for `5 a bottle,” says Roy. He was working as a dishwasher at a restaurant when a social worker rescued him and brought him to the NGO, Salaam Baalak Trust, where he found his passion, and now career — photography.

“But more than photography, it was the opportunity to travel around the world that inspired me to become a photographer,” he believes. Today, Roy is a professional photographer, has published a photography book, called Home Street Home, runs Rang, a public library on photography and remains an inspiration to many.

His works have been widely admired, and are currently on display as part of a global photography show, organised by the International Development Law Organisation in Geneva.

Roy will be sharing his journey as part of the show, titled Home Street Home: The Incredible Life and Journey of Vicky Roy.

Vicky Roy
Vicky Roy

On: March 13, 5 pm
At: Godrej India Culture Lab, Auditorium, Gate 2, Godrej Industries, Vikhroli (East).  RSVP
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