Dmitry Baltermants was born in 1912 in Warsaw, Poland, which at that time was part of the Russian Empire. Baltermants spent his childhood amidst civic dissolution, revolution, civil war, and a drastic reorganization of state, property and society. After leaving secondary school, Baltermants had odd jobs, including rendering architectural drawings, working as a cinema mechanic, and being an apprentice printer at the Izvestia Printing House, where he developed interest in photography.
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