Award-winning Gas Worker, Magnitogorsky Metallurgy Plant Artist(s)Dmitri BaltermantsArtist NationalityRussian (culture or style)Object Creation Datecirca 1939-1990, printed 2003Medium & Supportgelatin silver print on paperDimensions
20 in x 16 in (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)Credit LineGift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80Subject matter
In this photograph, the viewer looks up toward the figure of an "award-winning gas worker" at the Magnitogorsky Iron and Steel Works (a.k.a. Metallurgy Plant). The low vantage point renders the sitter monumental, an effect reinforced by the tall, vertical silos and smokestacks in the background, which serve as a framing device for the main subject of the photograph. The man's steely gray eyes peer off toward the right. His right hand holds a cigarette, which he either lifts toward his mouth or lowers back down to his side. His left arm is akimbo, associating him visually with older painted portraits of nobles and monarchs. Physical Description
A man in worker's blues and hat looks off toward the right-hand side of the photograph as he holds a cigarette in his right hand.Primary Object Classification Photograph Primary Object Typeblack and white printCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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