Originally from West Bengal, Vicky Roy ran away from his home and started working as a rag picker at the New Delhi Railway Station, before he was rehabilitated by the Salaam Baalak Trust, Delhi. He studied photography at Triveni Kala Sangam and then apprenticed under Anay Mann. In 2007, he held his first solo exhibition titled, “Street Dream” at India Habitat Centre; supported by the British High Commisson.

In 2008 he was selected by the US based Maybach Foundation to photo document the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in New York. As part of the program, he undertook a course in documentary photography at the International Center for Photography, New York.

His first monograph ‘Home Street Home’ published by the Nazar Foundation released at the second edition of the Delhi Photo Festival (Sept-Oct, 2013) and he was awarded the MIT Media Fellowship in 2014. He was a part of the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list in 2016.


Born 1987, Purulia, West Bengal, India
2009Six month Short-term course in Documentary photography from International Center of Photography (ICP), New York.
2005Diploma in Photography from Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi.
2013Monograph HOME.STREET.HOME published by Nazar Foundation.
2014The World Atlas of Street Photography Published by Yale University Press.
2010Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.Published by Steidl Verlag; Bilingual edition
2008Click ! Contemporary Photography in India. Published by Vadehra Art Gallery
2016Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list
2016Ixoraa Knowledge Foundation & Tata Trusts Grant
2014Nominated for the Time Hetherington Visual Media grant
2014MIT Media Lab Fellowship
2014Neel Dongre Grants for Excellence in Photography.
2013National Geographic Mission Cover shot TV Show
2012INK Fellowship 2012.
2011Speaker TEDx University of Delhi, TEDxGateway……………
2011Jury Member, Awaaz Do photo contest organized by UNICEF, New Delhi.
2011 & 2009Guest Speaker at the annual conference of International Award for Young People, London.
2009Selected for Wilhelm & Karl Maybach Foundation’s WTC Documentary Arts Project to document the econstruction of World Trade Center in New York, under mentorship of Joe Woolhead.
2009Recognized as one of the 25 achievers under-30 for the next generation by Time Out, Delhi.
2004Gold Medalist, International Award for Young People India (IAYP).
2013HOME.STREET.HOME Ojas Art New Delhi
2010 – 2009WTC: Now, Organized by American Center Mumbai, Bodhi Art & Asia Society. American Center, New Delhi, And Ojas Art.
2009 – 2007Street Dreams, Curator: Dr. Alka Pande, Supported by the British High Commission in India and Department for International Development (DFID). DFID Office and Nehru Centre, London, & India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
2015“In Focus: Justice, A Photo Journey” Organized by INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LAW ORGANIZATION. Curated by Shahidul Alam.
201237 Indian Still Life, Organized by Tasveer……….. Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi
2012Apna Ghar, Curator: Vidya Shivadas. Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi.
2011Art of Photography Show Lyecum Theatre Gallery, San Diego.
2010Freedom to March: Rediscovering Gandhi through Dandi, Curators: Anubhav Nath & Johny ML, Organized by Ojas Arts. Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2010Snapshot, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong.
2010Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.
2009Expressions at Tihar, Curators: Anubhav Nath & Johny ML, Organized by Ojas Art and Ramchander Nath Foundation. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.
2009WTC: Now, Supported by Maybach Foundation and Silverstein Properties World Trade Center 7, New York.
2008Click! Contemporary Photography in India, Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi.
2008Shared Histories: Inner Voices, Curator: Dr. Alka Pande. Sandton Art Centre, Johannesburg……….
2007Relative Values, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton.