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Dmitri Baltermants, Russian, (1912–1990)
Sharpshooter in the Schoolhouse, Germany, 1945
Photographic materials on paper
16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)


Object Type: Photography
Technique: Photography
Creation Place: Europe, Russian
Credit Line: Gift of Sally Strauss and Andrew E. Tomback
Accession Number: 2013.26.13


Full Title: Sharpshooter in the Schoolhouse, Germany, Portfolio II, 7

Commentary
This print was made in 2003.

There is a curious sense of detachment, or numbness, about Sharpshooter. The camera angle is not directed solely toward the body; instead, the shot encompasses the entire room. Light streams into the space from a cracked window, illuminating a poster of two chimpanzees. This remnant of life before the fighting is almost more shocking and intrusive than the decaying corpse. Lying faceless on the floor, the sharpshooter belongs there as yet one more casualty of war. The poster, with its child-like forms and subject matter, is a jarring reminder of pre-conflict innocence.
Differing from the propagandist nature of some of Baltermants’ other images, Sharpshooter portrays the numerous everyday horrors of war waiting behind each corner.
Allegra Cox, SCR 2018

Marks
stamped on verso, lower right hand corner:

Dmitri Baltermants [his signature stamped on the work]
© Dmitri Baltermants Collection
authorized Estate print 2003
Print No. 20/28

Medium
gelatin silver print

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