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.

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.