The author considers the meaning of victory through her documentary photographs of Iraq and Saddam Hussein’s Victory Over America palace. These compelling images reveal an overwhelming sense of loss, the transitory nature of power and the elusiveness of victory.
Cynthia Roelle is an award-winning photographer, whose portfolio includes fine art as well as documentary-style portrait and wedding photography. In September 2005 she deployed to Iraq with the United States Army for a one-year tour of duty. Although an attorney by vocation, it was in Iraq that she began to pursue photography as more than an avocation. In March 2007, six months after returning from Iraq, her images of Iraq were featured in Black & White Magazine, a magazine for collectors of fine art photography. In May 2008 she attended Review Santa Fe, a juried portfolio review event for photographers who have created a significant series of images. Cynthia’s photographs of Iraq are held in the permanent collection of the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona, Florida and have been exhibited in galleries in the Southeast United States and Hawaii, and in Big World Magazine, an on-line, multi-media magazine.