Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Rome, Italy

JUNE 2005 – Two soldiers protect the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome, Italy. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II (also known as Vittoriano) is a symbol for the Italian unification and home to the Tomb of the Italian Unknown Soldier and the ethernal flame. It is a constant reminder to the fallen and missing of the war. Wikipedia offers more background.

I like this image because of its vertical symmetry, its clear lines and the soft tones of the marble that contrast so well with the soldiers and grave wreath. It puts the focus on the tomb and expresses the dedication by the soldiers who protect the tomb 24/7/365. One might say, that it’s just their job, but the look on their faces show that it’s an honor as well.

The high resolution image

Capture DateJune 2005
LocationRome, Italy
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210 mm f/4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2301 x 3450 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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