Guardians of Russian Art Museums

 Images Guard Pushkin Museum1

Andy Freeberg created a fantastic series of photographs of the female "Guardians of Russian Art Museums." From his artist statement:

I found the guards as intriguing to observe as the pieces they watch over. In conversation they told me how much they like being among Russia's great art. A woman in Moscow's State Tretyakov Gallery Museum said she often returns there on her day off to sit in front of a painting that reminds her of her childhood home. Another guard travels three hours each way to work, since at home she would just sit on her porch and complain about her illnesses, "as old women do."

Guardians of Russian Art Museums (Thanks, Tara McGinley!)