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Personal global photo essay addresses the immediate and lingering effects of war on women
Beckie Dixon, whose son Christopher was the youngest Marine killed in Iraq in August 2005. He had just turned 18, a few months earlier. Photographed on Veteran's Day, November 12, 2005, at the moment that she found his memorial flag, in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: ©Marissa Roth.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- One Person Crying: Women and War, an exhibition by award winning photojournalist Marissa Roth, is a 28-year, personal global photo essay that addresses the immediate and lingering effects of war on women. Roth states, “In an endeavor to reflect on war from what I consider to be an underreported perspective, the project brought me face to face with hundreds of women who endured and survived war and it’s ancillary experiences of loss, pain and unimaginable hardship.”

The photographer’s journey took her from Novi Sad, Yugoslavia in 1984, to its conclusion in Vietnam in April 2012. The eighty-seven photographs cover twelve conflicts over a twenty-eight year time period, starting with the photographer’s own history as a child of Holocaust refugees. Additionally, the exhibition includes panels with historical perspectives and references to the wars addressed by Roth.

Roth started the project with her trusted manual Nikon FE-2 cameras. She continued her work with classic Tri-X film for the entire project. Decades and hundreds of rolls of film later, Roth’s commitment to the integrity and depth of her coverage is evident in her exquisite gelatin silver prints.

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.

Visual content was the driving premise for organizing and sequencing of the images. Specific conflicts are not necessarily separated out as individual groupings. The interspersion of the women’s incredible stories of survival, heartbreak, and resilience provides a stark counterpoint to the seemingly uncomplicated pictures.

But in fact, they are quite layered and profound, vibrating with intense energy that manages to ‘tell’ sad stories with resolve. The inclusion of detailed facts and statistics about each conflict provide historical context for understanding of Roth’s photographs. The exhibition flows from images and stories of devastation, loss, torture, death, and survival, to ones presenting a more hopeful, positive future. The last sequences depict women with their young children, and finally just the children, many of who were born of war, but who can now look forward to lives in hopefully more peaceful times.

One Person Crying: Women and War promises to be a landmark exhibition following Roth’s previous exhibitions; “In Hollywood” and “Downtown Los Angeles: Inside/Out”, 2009; “An Evening with Marissa Roth”, 2008; “Witness to Truth” Portraits of Holocaust Survivors, 2005; “Caught in the Crossfire: Women and War”, 2001; “Inside/Out: Downtown Los Angeles”, 2000; and “Burning Heart: A Portrait of the Philippines”, 1999.

One Person Crying: Women and War, debuts at The Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles from August 16 to October 25, 2012. The exhibition will be available for travel to additional venues from January 2013 through December 2015, for bookings and information contact www.photokunst.com





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