Coastal Landscape with Colt Train, Vietnam

Accession Number

Coastal Landscape with Colt Train, Vietnam

Dmitri Baltermants

Artist Nationality
Russian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1950s, printed 2003

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

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

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

Subject matter
In this photograph, an anonymous figure in dark clothing and triangular hat crosses a sandy road somewhere in rural Viet Nam. Though occupying a central place in the composition, this person seems almost like an afterthought, dwarfed by the monumentally scaled palm trees that gather on either side of the road. The pointed, near-black fronds of these trees contrasts highly with the pale sky behind them. The horizon line is quite low, which allows the sky to dominate much of the photograph's area. 

Physical Description
Palm trees line both sides of a road which leads toward a mountain in the distance. An anonymous, darkly clad figure appears to cross the road near the lower center of the photograph.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
black and white print

Collection Area

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cultural landscapes
dirt roads
journalistic photography
natural landscapes

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