Dmitri Baltermants (1912 - 1990)
Dmitri Baltermants was a prominent Soviet photojournalist. He was born in Warsaw, Poland. Baltermants planned to become a math teacher in a Military Academy, but he fell in love with photography and began a career in the field of photojournalism in 1939. He was an official Kremlin photographer, worked for the daily Izvestia and was picture editor of the popular magazine Ogonyok.
During World War II, Baltermants covered the battle of Stalingrad, and the battles of the Red Army in Russia and Ukraine. He was twice wounded.
Just like his fellow photographers covering the Red Army during the war, Baltermants' images were always censored by Soviet authorities in order to select only the ones that reflected on the positive sides of service in order to help boost morale. Some of his most captivating photos were suppressed, and became public much later, in the 1960s.
Vintage gelatin silver print, ferrotyped
6.75 x 9 in.
Titled, dated, artist’s & estate stamp on print verso
Condition: some surface abrasions; crease in upper left corner; some wear along edges
Note: Cover image of: The Russian War:1941 – 1945