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On Site: DMITRI BALTERMANTS: PHOTOGRAPHS 1940-1960’s, Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC

In Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 11, 2010 at 6:52 am

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“Grief”, Dmitri Baltermants

Now, through July 30 at Nailya Alexander Gallery is an exhibit of powerful and memorable photographs taken by Dmitri Baltermants over a 30 year span. World War II images like “Attack” and “Grief” evolve over time to personal portraits of Soviet leadership and proletariat.

The meticulous presentation of the image compositions and crisp tones is striking …

Baltermants considered himself an expert in staged photography, he enjoyed ‘playing with negatives,’ adding details to photographs from other stills (e.g. Grief, in which threatening, black clouds in the background were superimposed from another negative). His perfect compositions, expert use of color gained him praise from both the authorities and Soviet public.

This exhibit captures pieces of iconic Russian history in a way that reminds us of our own LIFE magazine photo spreads from some of the same years. Commercial, historic and fine art wrapped into one set of prints …

For more information: Nailya Alexander Gallery

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