Griffin Gallery

The Mysterious World of the Camera Obscura
Marian Roth
September 8, 2016–October 2, 2016

Reception Sunday Sept 25, 2016 immediately after talk
Talk Sept 25, 2016 3 PM

Part of the Somerville Toy Camera Festival

Griffin Gallery
Install of Camera Obscura Sept 8 2016 noon on
People are welcomed to observe the installation.


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Marian Roth has been making images for the past 35 years in the natural world of her village in Provincetown. Most recently the work she produces is made exclusively inside the cameras she has made and inhabits. Instead of photographing onto paper negatives from the camera obscura, she photographs the actual projected image, capturing light and time.

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 2.48.54 PMRoth’s series, The Mysterious World of the Camera Obscura, is featured in the Atelier Gallery at the Griffin Museum of Photography on September 8th through October 2, 2016. Also starting on September 8th, will be the installation of Roth’s camera obscura in the Griffin gallery. The installation will be up throughout the exhibition. The public is invited to observe the installation on September 8th beginning at noon. An opening reception will be held at the Griffin Museum on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 5pm to 6:30pm. Marian Roth will give a talk on September 15, 2016 from 6:30 to 8pm. An RSVP is required. All of the events listed above are part of the Somerville Toy Camera Festival.

“As a visual artist obsessed with time and light, working inside a camera obscura is a magical experience for me: sitting in the darkness, letting light in through apertures I have cut out of tarpaper, arranging and re-arranging focal planes, waiting until something mysterious happens.” Says Roth. “ And if I can’t have my darkroom anymore, the camera obscura, with its tiny slits of light, is a wonder-filled cave to explore,” she said.

picture-371-1452873066Marian Roth is a self-taught photographer and visual artist who has been working with the camera obscura imagery for the past three decades.  She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Mass Cultural Council Fellowship, and this past year has been working with a fellowship from the Pollock Krasner Foundation. Marian has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.