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Four Cavalrymen, World War II

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Four Cavalrymen, World War II

Dmitri Baltermants

Artist Nationality
Russian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1941-1945, printed 2003

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80

Subject matter
This photograph provides a close-up view of four cavalrymen in the Soviet army. The viewer seems to stand just beyond the noses of the four horses. The chiseled faces of these soldiers all look sternly back at the viewer with fairly blank expressions—though one man appears to look up toward the right. The picture has the sense of a chance, if somewhat threatening encounter, as it takes place in an ambiguous country setting. This image forms part of Baltermants’ larger project—as an official photographer to the Kremlin—which, spread across numerous portfolios, aimed to document scenes from the Soviet Union’s fight against Nazi Germany during World War II (1939-1945), known in the USSR as the Great Patriotic War.  

Physical Description
Four men in military uniforms on horseback look out directly at the viewer.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
black and white print

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journalistic photography
war horses
war photography

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