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.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A More Peaceful 2015

Gerbera Daily Floating in a Vat of Water, Jokhang Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet,  September, 2010 © Marissa Roth

In the end, only three things matter ~
                                      How much you loved,
                                      How gently you lived,
                                      How gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
                                                                                                                           ~The Buddha

Wishing everyone happy holidays
hope that the new year brings
good health
good cheer
continued goodness of heart
maybe a bit more peace around the world.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The L.A. Riots ~ From the Archive

 An E, Los Angeles, CA  April, 1992 © Marissa Roth

For a new photo blog called, "Camera Conversations", I was recently asked by my friend Todd Felderstein, the creator of the blog and interviewer, to provide some images I took during the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. I was part of the Los Angeles Times staff that then won the Pulitzer Prize for this coverage.

One of the images I chose, was this one. Always interested in images that say more than the obvious, I felt that seeing the evidence of civility mashed together with fragments of destruction, conveyed the tragedy of this event in more metaphorical terms.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Mother's Vase

My Mother's Vase, Paradise Valley, AZ, August 27, 2014 © Marissa Roth

Time present tense

Still unpacking

Stillness inspires memories, which flood past with the touch of
every piece of clothing or objet excavated from another box.

Looking back in order to look forward seems to be the mantra of 
this moment.

Awoke early this morning and witnessed the beams of sunlight and
reflected light creating this easy, yet ephemeral still-life. The purple 
vase was my mother's. I always loved it, even as a child.

A soothing reminder that in spite of everything dark that passes before
our eyes,

Still there is beauty

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


          Lake Wissota, Wisconsin, June 2014 © Marissa Roth

Tunnels bearing hatred. 
Missiles blowing commercial planes out of the sky. 
Contortions of humanity. 
All guided by human hands. 
And a kind of madness. 

Collective hearts broke around the world last week. Shock, but no awe.

Fighting to remember to see beauty. We live within it. We are of it. 

Peace please.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ode to the Kindness of Strangers

                                                                              Gold Star Tribute at The Highground, June 7, 2014 © Marissa Roth

Just returned from a heartfelt long weekend in Wisconsin - Neillsville, Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. My "One Person Crying: Women and War" exhibition opened at The Highground Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday.   http://www.thehighground.org/learning-center/index.html

It is a remarkable place of peace, which sits atop a promontory overlooking a glacial moraine and a view filled with almost one million acres of forest and rolling hills. It began as an idea, to give Vietnam veterans and those who supported them during and after the war, a place to go - to heal and commune. It now includes tributes and memorials for all 20th and 21st century wars that Americans fought in.

I was generously welcomed by the Learning Center director, June Berg, and the staff at The Highground. In addition, board members Steve Maddox and Al Jenkins gave of their time and knowledge with a generosity of spirit that I am ever grateful for.

I have relied on the kindness of strangers my entire career. It has literally propelled me forward in the front seats of cars and saved my life. It is what has gotten me through dark moments when I've seen the measure of humanity at its worst. I'd like to believe that human kindness will always prevail and tip the scale towards the light.