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Red Army Captain Baltermants, graduate of the Mechanics and Mathematics Faculty of the Moscow University and lecturer on mathematics at the Military Academy, got his first professional photo assignment in 1939 from the central Soviet newspaper Izvestia. He was dispatched to shoot the arrival of Soviet troops in Western Ukraine. The result was so impressive that he was promptly offered the post of staff photographer by the biggest and most influential Soviet daily. Few people would have bartered the brilliant promise of an academic career with military rank for the vagabond life of a photo reporter, but Baltermants made his choice with no hesitation.
© Dmitry Balternants