"I picked up a camera in journalism class, and it was truly spiritual."

The 55-year-old photographer Ann Marsden passed away last night after a protracted battle with cervical cancer. We've had the honor of working with her many times over the years. Her passion for her craft inspired all of us at On Being, and we’ll miss her deeply.

Ms. Marsden should have the last word. Be sure and watch the video above as she describes her own creative process and off-angle approach to photographing and seeing the world.

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Thank you for this. I'm older than Ann and just a few years into my exploration of photography. I wish she'd had longer to break her own rules but I'm grateful that you shared her thinking about her art with me. I can tell that you were lucky to have known her personally.

Thank you for documenting the work and words of inspiritation from this wonderful human being and artist.

She was a great artist and, we know that her passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but a great loss to photography world also.

I watched this three times already and it's only my first night knowing Ann Marsden. As a photographer myself and a curious person also in love with shoulders and places and lines of light, I am illumined by this piece and I thank you.

Love her work and her words. Ann inspires me in all ways. Knowing now of her passing, the motto she delivers at the end takes on greater weight - "If you haven't done it yet, you probably should go and do it." Thank you.

Such an inspirational video to me personally. What a mature and emotive artist. I just learned so much from her words.
thank you Ms. Marsden.
Chicago Wedding Photographer

When I click on the video is states that it is private

Susan Leem's picture

So sorry Ms. Cacouris, I see that the owner of the video has changed the privacy settings, and it will not be accessible on any site that it is embedded on. We'll do our best to find a replacement.

I love photography and videography that is why i landed this kind of Job. it's really my passion make beautiful memories with the people that I know...

When I click on the link to play the video it says "this video is private".

Trent Gilliss's picture

Hi Karen. It looks like the YouTube user made the video private, but I did find a different option. Enjoy!

Just got a fancy camera for Christmas and am so excited to explore where it takes me. This was a wonderful piece of information on so many levels for me. Thanks!

Her words could be my words. She so well expresses my own feelings towards photography and why I am a photographer.

It's always a joy and a revelation to hear someone who has thought deeply about what they do.

Couldn't be written any better. Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

Ann Marsden , A creative documentation , 4 years after, a salute to her.