A Woman Finds Her Husband, Kerch, CrimeaArtist(s)Dmitri BaltermantsArtist NationalityRussian (culture or style)Object Creation DateJanuary 1942, printed 2003Medium & Supportgelatin silver print on paperDimensions
16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)Subject matter
In this photograph, three heavily bundled figures—two women and one man—stand in a barren field littered with dead bodies, evidently victims of a recent battle. One woman, who occupies the exact center of the photograph, recognizes one of the fallen soldiers as her husband. While her two compatriots are expressionless, this woman’s face is a whir of grief: not only are her features contorted, but the camera itself is also out of focus in precisely this area. 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
Two women and a man stand over a pile of dead bodies; one woman is visibly in a state of distress. Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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gelatin silver prints
women (female humans)