Vicky Roy’s journey from being a dishwasher to internationally praised photographer

For each of us, Life is full of ups and downs and the only trick to get through it is to enjoy the good times with all our heart and to have the courage to face the bad days.


But as we all know, that it is easier said than done. People are often caught up in their minds stressing out and overthinking to a point of being constantly bogged down and depressed. 

The photographer, Vicky Roy's story shows us as to how important it is to express gratitude and strive for a life we all dream to have. Vicky Roy, in a heartwarming post shared by Humans of Bombay, shares his journey from being a ragpicker to an Internationally acclaimed photographer. 


Roy, in his post, spoke about how he ran away from home at the age of 11 and arrived Delhi in hopes of a better life. The Humans of Bombay post on Roy reads - 'But when I came here, I had to rag pick, sell water in trains and sleep in open grounds, so that I wouldn't starve to death'. 

It further reads that he even worked at a dhaba as a dishwasher, they would make him work non-stop and the only thing he could eat was other people’s leftovers.


Vicky was forced by Living squalor forced to take frequent trips to the doctors and that's where his life turned around. The doctor treating him recommended an NGO named Salaam Balak and it's there that Roy met his inspiration in a British photographer. 

He said that he was so fascinated by his work. Living on the streets showed him shades of humanity that he had never seen before and he wanted to show it in photos just like he did.


So, the NGO when he was 18-year-old, gave him a camera worth Rs. 499 and also helped him get an internship with a local photographer and after that, there was no turning back for Vicky.


by Lokendra Sharma | Wed, Aug 14 - 10:11 AM

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