Two German POWsArtist(s)Dmitri BaltermantsArtist NationalityRussian (culture or style)Object Creation Date1945Medium & 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, two German prisoners of war cast their eyes downward and appear lost. They wear bulky, ill-fitting clothing and have cloth tied with rope around their feet in place of shoes. Gone is any material or insignia that would identify them as soldiers in the Nazi military. The tall, gaunt body of the leftmost figure traces the left-hand edge of the photograph and contrasts to his much shorter companion. Both stand in a rocky, barren landscape at the base of a hill or ravine. 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 men in tattered winter clothing and cloth-wrapped feet stand amid rocky terrain. Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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German (culture or style)
prisoners of war