Marissa Roth headshot-

Portrait by Alain Labbé

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Marissa Roth is an internationally published freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer. She works on assignment for various prestigious publications including The New York Times, and was part of The Los Angeles Times photography staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for Best Spot News Coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.

Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and a number of images are in museum, corporate and private collections. She has 3 books to her credit, “Burning Heart: A Portrait of The Philippines”, “Real City: Downtown Los Angeles Inside/Out”, and “Come the Morning”, a children’s book about homelessness. A commissioned portrait project by The Museum of Tolerance/ Simon Wiesenthal Center, to photograph the Holocaust survivors who volunteer there, “Witness to Truth,” is on permanent exhibition at the museum.

Roth has recently completed two long-term book and exhibition projects. “One Person Crying: Women and War,” is a 30-year photo essay that addresses the immediate and lingering impact of war on women in different cultures around the world. The exhibition of “One Person Crying” began touring in 2012, with its first installation at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles accompanied by panels of transcribed interviews with some of the women, and now consists of 92 photographs. See “News” for more information on the traveling exhibit.

And in 2014, Marquand Books published “Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet,” Roth’s photographic love letter to the region she adores. It comes in two lush editions, both including a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


From “Infinite Light”

Marissa is currently based in Los Angeles.
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