A Call to Arms

Accession Number

A Call to Arms

Dmitri Baltermants

Artist Nationality
Russian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

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

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)

Subject matter
In the foreground of this photograph, a young Soviet soldier holding a pair of binoculars stands next to an antitank gun as he yells in a direction out of the picture plane toward the lower-left. The viewer looks down onto this man at a steep angle. In addition, the ground behind him appears to tilt upward dramatically, where can be seen six other soldiers running toward the viewer. The background of the image is taken up by slivers of varying gray tones that indicate distant fields, trees, and sky. This image forms part of Baltermants’s 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
A soldier holding a pair of binoculars cries out while a number of other soldiers rush up through a field behind him. 

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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journalistic photography
officers (administrators)
war photography

8 Related Resources

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(Part of 8 Learning Collections)
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(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
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(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
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(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
World War II Images 
(Part of: Examples of Student Research in the Exchange)

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