Baltermants graduated from the Moscow State University to become a math teacher in a Military Academy, but fell in love with photography and began a career in the field of photojournalism in 1939. He was an official Kremlin photographer, worked for the daily Izvestia and was picture editor of the popular magazine Ogonyok.
Just like his fellow photographers covering the Red Army during the war, Baltermants' images were always censored by Soviet authorities in order to select only the ones that reflected on the positive sides of service in order to help boost morale. Some of his most captivating photos were suppressed, and became public much later, in the 1960s.
One of the more famous images, called "Grief", depicts a 1942 Nazi massacre of Jews in the Crimean city of Kerch. It shows the grief of village women as they search for the bodies of their loved ones. A powerful oversaturated sky above, burnt in during the printing of the photo, makes the image even more dramatic. This Image was used on the cover of the Dir En Grey album, The Marrow of a Bone.
- 2004, Dmitri Baltermants. Images of The Soviet Union, Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
- 2005, Dmitry Baltermants, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
- 2012, Retrospective, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
- Sviblova, Olga "Dmitri Baltermantz, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, 2005, page 4, ISBN 5-93977-017-7
- Shneer, David. "THROUGH SOVIET JEWISH EYES. Photography, War, and the Holocaust". Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey and London, 2011 , page 100-103. ISBN 978-0-8135-4884-5
- Baltermants's famous photo "Grief"
- Other photographs taken by Dmitri Baltermants
- More photographs taken by Dmitri Baltermants
- A Baltermants site with representative photographs and detailed biography