ONE PERSON CRYING: WOMEN AND WAR

ONE PERSON CRYING: WOMEN AND WAR
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Marissa Roth One Person Crying: Women and War is a 25-year, personal global photo essay that addresses the immediate and lingering effects of war on women. In an endeavor to reflect on war from what I consider to be an under-reported 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. I traveled the world photographing, interviewing, and writing down their histories, noting gestures and gruesome details, in order to document how war irrevocably changed their lives. Women are the touchstones for families and communities and are often relied upon to keep everything held together during a war or conflict. Often there is no time for them to assess their own traumas afterward, let alone speak of them in order to process the experience. I was compelled to put faces and give voices to the other side of war. There is no blood or any guns in the images, just the record of lives lived with a never-ending post-war backdrop. Addressing this subject started in response to immediate political and social events that I covered as a photojournalist. After 10 years, I formalized it into a documentary project and continued it from that perspective. In 2009, during what turned out to be the final destination in which I worked, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, I fully understood the deeper motivation for this work. My parents were Holocaust refugees and my paternal grandparents were killed in a 1942 massacre in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. On the final day of this trip, I found my grandparents’ former home, and also found their names on a memorial plaque by the Danube River, dedicated to the massacre victims.

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