Born and raised in Los Angeles, Marissa Roth is an internationally published freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer. Her assignments for prestigious publications, including the New York Times, have taken her around the world. Roth was part of the Los Angeles Times staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for Best Spot News, for its coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, and a number of her images are in museum, corporate, and private collections. One Person Crying: Women and War, Roth’s 31-year personal photo essay that addresses the immediate and lingering impact of war on women in different countries and cultures around the world, is currently an international travelling exhibition, with a forthcoming book. Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet, is also a travelling exhibition, which is currently at the Phoenix Art Museum. The book, with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, was released in April 2014. The Crossing, a poetic photographic study of the North Atlantic Ocean, taken with color transparency film, is a current project.
Witness to Truth, a commissioned portrait project by the Museum of Tolerance/ Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, to photograph the Holocaust survivors who volunteer there, is on permanent exhibition at the museum.
As a curator, Roth recently completed an exhibition of personal photographs taken by Vietnam veterans during the war, entitled My War: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans. The exhibition debuted at the Highground Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville, WI, in August 2016.
Roth has three additional 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. She is a Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society and a Leica Ambassador.