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Wednesday August 03, 2011 04:53:50 PM, IANS

New Delhi: Vicky Roy, a street child-turned ace art photographer, will be India's sole representative at the prestigious 'The Art of Photography Show 2011' to be held in San Diego in the US later this month.

Announcing the selection Wednesday, the show's judge Anne Lyden, an associate curator at the J. Paul Getty Musuem in Los Angeles, said: "Vicky Roy's photograph was one of the 109 entries from 72 countries chosen from among 15,444 photographs."

The chosen photograph, "In all colors and sizes", is from Roy's new photography series "A Better Life".

Roy, 24, originally from Purulia in West Bengal, came to the capital as a runaway kid in 1999. He was then taken care of by Salaam Balak Trust, a large juvenile destitute facility near the New Delhi railway station.

"I fled to Delhi from home in 1999 and found shelter at a non-profit organisation, Salaam Balak Trust, after spending a few months on the streets. I began photography in 2005," Roy told IANS.

He studied photography at the Triveni Kala Sangam and at the International Centre of Photography in New York.

In 2009, he was sponsored for a mentoring programme at the US-based Maybach Foundation by the Ramchander Nath Foundation where he was chosen to photo-document the reconstruction of the World Trade Centre in New York.

The portfolio of the resconstruction that Roy gathered in New York was exhibited at the American Centre in the capital.

He held his second solo show, "WTC: Now", at the American Center in New Delhi in 2010.

"Vicky Roy's is the only work to be chosen from the Indian subcontinent," said Steven Churchill, producer of "The Art of Photography Show".

Last year, 1,500 people attended the opening reception and this year the organisers are expecting more people.

The event will be held at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery in San Diego from Aug 13 to Oct 23.








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