Dmitri Baltermants

Dates1912 - 1990
BornMoscow, Russia
DiedMoscow, Russia

Tellingly, Dmitri Baltermants achieved his early fame from World War II combat photographs made on the Russian front. He photographed some of the war's most significant turning points: the defeat of the Germans near Moscow, the defense of Sevastopol, the battle of Leningrad, and the liberation of the southern Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. His most famous images were made at Kerch in the Crimea, where more than 176,000 men were killed. After the war, he was one of the leading photojournalists in the former Soviet Union, beginning as the photographer of the leading weekly news publication Ogonyokand eventually serving on the editorial board. Baltermants was the official photographer for Nikita Krushchev's visit to China and for Leonid Brezhnev's visit to the United States. Summing up his reputation, photographer Arthur Rothstein noted: "[Baltermants] is the exponent of the best in Soviet photojournalism.... he manages to produce news photos with aesthetic appeal."