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Life on the Streets in India at the 2013 Delhi Photo Festival

By September 22, 2013

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Vicky Roy & the Nazar Foundation.

The second edition of the Delhi Photo Festival is coming up soon, and will be taking place from September 27 to October 11, 2013.  This biennial festival consists of a series of exhibitions, events, workshops, and portfolio reviews.  It's hosted by the India Habitat Center and Nazar Foundation, with the aim of bringing photography into the public space.

One of the Festival's inspiring aspects is its free workshops for those in need, such as marginalized slum youth. And, there's no better evidence of how an interest in photography can transform lives than Vicky Roy.

As this news article explains, Vicky ran away from poverty in West Bengal when he was 11 and ended up on the streets of Delhi. Eventually, he was taken in by Salaam Balak Trust (it's an excellent place to volunteer in India, and the children that it's helped also give guided tours of street life in Delhi). A workshop at the Trust's shelter for boys ignited Vicky's passion for photography, and he's since gone on to work professionally and exhibit his images overseas.

In particular, Vicky's documentation of life on the streets in India has been widely acclaimed -- so much so, that the Nazar Foundation is publishing the best of it in a 114 page book called Home.Street.Home, to be released on the first day of the Delhi Photo Festival.  The book can also be pre-ordered at a saving of 300 rupees.

If you're in Delhi and like photography, don't miss the Delhi Photo Festival.  A total of 41 printed photographs and 50 digital exhibits have been selected from nearly 2,350 submissions worldwide. The theme is Grace, which pays tribute to the late fashion photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta.  He used this term to describe his Longing series, displayed during the inaugural edition of the Festival in 2011. Dasgupta's early works, from the late 1980s to 1990s, will be on display at this year's Festival as well.

More information, and an event program, is available from the Delhi Photo Festival website. Vicky Roy also has a website, with some of his images.

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