Ivan Dmitri (or Dmitre) (1900 – 1968), born Levon West, was an American photographic artist. Born in Centerville, South Dakota, his father was a Congregational minister who immigrated from Armenia. The family changed their name to West when Levon and his brothers did not want to enlist in the service during World War I under their Armenian last name, Assadoorian. The name West was chosen as it was the maiden name of Levon's mother. Levon West adopted the pen name of Ivan Dmitri to use for his color photography.
When he began working with color photography, Levon West adopted the pen name "Ivan Dmitri," though he continued to use the name Levon West for his non-photographic works. 'Ivan Dmitri' was a pioneer in color photography, and wrote several books on the subject, his first being, "Color in Photography" in 1939.
The first color photographic cover on the Saturday Evening Post magazine (May 29, 1937) was by Dmitri, a photo of an Automobile racing driver seated in his race car. Another SEP cover, May 16, 1944, was a photo of General 'Hap' Arnold, with B-17's flying overhead, with a B-17 crew planning a flight. This cover was so popular that the United States used the photo image to print a war effort poster.
As a war correspondent, Dmitri traveled across the South Atlantic, Africa, Mid East and India to Chabua; and the return via North Africa, Prestwick and the North Atlantic. His color photographs provide a rare glimpse into the lives of soldiers and people he met.
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