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We are Direct Importers of Russian Art from the Soviet Era offering the best of Soviet Realism, Impressionism and Contemporary Art dating from 1898.

L.P. Cline Gallery Spotlight

Exhibition, February 2, 2018 thru March 3, 2018. Opening reception Feb. 3, 2PM to 6PM.

Exhibition, February 2, 2018 thru March 3, 2018. Opening reception Feb. 3, 2PM to 6PM.

Dmitri Baltermants was a prominent Soviet-era photojournalist. He was born May 13, 1912, in Warsaw, Poland. His father served in the Imperial Russian Army and was killed in the First World War.

Baltermants graduated from the Moscow State University to become a math teacher, but fell in love with photography and began a career in the field of photojournalism. 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 on of the Red Army in Ukraine, Poland, and in Germany, ultimately reaching Berlin in 1945. 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 supressed, and became public much later, in the 1960's.

One of the more famous images, called "Grief" depicts a 1942 Nazi massacre in the Crimean village of Kerch. It shows the grief of village women as they search for the bodies of their loved ones. A powerful oversaturated sky above, burnt in during the printing of the photo, makes the image even more dramatic.

Baltermants died in 1990.

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