One Person Crying: Women and War


Photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Marissa Roth’s

One Person Crying: Women and War

One Person Crying: Women and War is a 28-year, personal global photo essay that addresses the immediate and lingering effects of war on women.  Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Marissa Roth’s journey took her from Novi Sad, Yugoslavia in 1984, to its conclusion in Vietnam in April 2012. The 88 gelatin silver prints cover twelve conflicts over a twenty eight year time period, starting with the photographer’s own history as a child of Holocaust refugees. 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 includes panels with historical perspectives and references to the wars addressed by Roth.   “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 its ancillary experiences of loss, pain and unimaginable hardship,” she said.

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 who were born of war, but who can now look forward to lives in hopefully more peaceful times.

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.  “Many of us, who have watched the unrelenting, horrific images of faraway wars on television or in the newspaper, don’t understand or have become desensitized to the long-term effects these conflicts have on the lives of those who endure them. Marissa Roth has brought a compassionate vision and understanding to the women she presents to us. Her photographs and collected stories are compelling documents of lives both physically and psychically altered by these experiences. Roth approaches her subjects with an empathetic eye and heart, and portrays them with dignity and respect,” said Spector.

Roth’s previous exhibitions include: “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.

Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times senior international affairs writer and former correspondent in the Balkans, Chechnya, Afghanistan and Iraq commented:  “Marissa Roth’s images of women who’ve survived war are alternately disturbing, inspiring and illuminating of the staggering burdens borne by those fighting with their hearts and minds to protect home and family. The battle to restore normalcy drags on for years after the shooting stops, and women’s forced roles as provider and protector forever transforms their relationships and family status when the men, whether victorious or vanquished, stagger back home.”
Special thanks to 89.3 FM KPCC and LA Weekly, the official Media Sponsors of One Person Crying: Women and War   

The exhibition is included with your Museum admission. 




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