Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Earthquake Felt Around the World

                                                                              On the Road from Lhasa, Tibet, September, 2010 © Marissa Roth

The news came yesterday with a jolt as sudden as the tectonic shifts thrusting earthly plates under and over, up and down. These are the same plates and force that created The Himalayas over millions of years. This time, the world bears witness and tears, awed once again by nature's power and bereft at man's ever-present vulnerability.

Friends in Kathmandu are fine, but many aren't. News trickles in as the death toll advances. Treasures are lost and yet, hope somehow is found amongst the ruins. Suffering and survival. Twins born of the human spirit. Buddhism was also born in these mountains, offering a path out of the suffering in the Wheel of Life, which again is being tested on an enormous scale.

My thoughts are held in these mountains and with these people, in this frozen moment of heartbreak.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hollywood Powers That Be

                                               Harvey Weinstein, right , and Michael Katzenberg, Beverly Hills, March 24, 2015 © Marissa Roth

I had the opportunity to photograph the annual Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance Gala Dinner last week, honoring Harvey Weinstein. This larger-than-life Hollywood power broker, seen here with Jeffrey Katzenberg, not only sports an oversized jacket, but is a dedicated philanthropist, funding and championing far reaching causes. He did put on a tie before making his acceptance speak after receiving the 2015 Humanitarian Award.

Monday, February 23, 2015

International Women's Day

In commemoration of International Women's Day, 2015, I hope that you will be able to join me on March 8th at Venice Arts as they partner with American Jewish World Service, for an in-conversation with their L.A. Executive Director, Allison Lee. This will also be the closing reception for the exhibition.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bob Simon

Afghan Kite, Los Angeles, 2002 © Marissa Roth

The death of Bob Simon yesterday, tragically and most ironically in a car crash in NYC on his way home from a day of work at CBS, has hit me quite hard.

I didn’t know him personally, but knew him through his brave coverage of the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War and all those episodes of 60 Minutes.

Anderson Cooper described him as a “warrior poet”. That’s a perfect description. He also struck me as being a prince of a man – elegant, erudite, compassionate and filled with grace - a timeless ‘old school’ journalist, who was a great reporter, storyteller, writer and human being.

How random fate can be, when in an instant the flame of life is blown out. The reminder again that we must live now with purpose and pleasure and as one Holocaust survivor said to me, when you say good-bye to someone you love, even if you’re just running an errand, tell them you love them.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

How you do anything, is how you do everything

Marissa was interviewed by screenwriter & director Todd Felderstein last year and the Huffington Post has featured the interviews in their blog. Marissa's best quote? "How you do anything, is how you do everything." Watch and learn more.

Meanwhile, the exhibition at Venice Arts is going well. Head over there if you're a Venice local, the exhibition of "One Person Crying" is on till March 12th, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ode to Memory

                                                      Looking Out of a Window of an Aushwitz Barrack, Auschwitz, Poland, May, 2008 © Marissa Roth

Over a million and a half Jews were killed in the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau during World War II. Many of them lived in the Auschwitz barracks, originally built as a Polish military base before the war. Birkenau, a few miles away, was purpose built as a concentration and extermination camp.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

In memory of all those human beings who perished there...

Monday, January 5, 2015

One Person Crying: Women and War, at Venice Arts

From January 15 - March 12, 2015, Venice Arts will present “One Person Crying: Women and War.” The exhibition was curated by Howard Spector, Los Angeles, CA, co-director of the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), an NGO consultant, and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Dept. of Education.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be an artist-led gallery talk open to the public on Sunday, January 18th, 2015, and a documentary workshop with Marissa on Saturday & Sunday, January 24th and 25th.

Visit Venice Arts at 1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA.