Digging Anti-Tank Trenches Near MoscowArtist(s)Dmitri BaltermantsArtist NationalityRussian (culture or style)Object Creation Date1941; printed 2003Medium & Supportgelatin silver print on paperDimensions
16 in x 240 in (40.64 cm x 609.6 cm)Credit LineGift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80Subject matter
This photograph provides a view downward onto a group of women digging trenches in a barren landscape. In the background, a winding ribbon of workers can be seen engaged in a similar activity. This image evokes the notion of total war, where a nation’s entire resources, including its civilian population, are involved in the war effort. 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
A large group of women with pickaxes and shovels dig a trench in a barren landscape.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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women (female humans)