Photographer Andy Freeberg is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  These images are from his book ‘Guardians‘.  To see Andy’s body of work click on any image.


Konchalovsky’s Family Portrait


Petrov Vodkin’s Bathing of the Red Horse, Tretyakov Galleries


Nesterov’s Blessed St Sergius of Radonezh, Russian State Museum


In the art museums of Russia, women sit in the galleries and guard the collections. When you look at the paintings and sculptures, the presence of the women becomes an inherent part of viewing the artwork itself. 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 day to work, since at home she would just sit on her porch and complain about her illnesses, “as old women do.” She would rather be at the museum enjoying the people watching, surrounded by the history of her country.


Rublev and Daniil’s the Deesis Tier


Sign on a Bush, State Tretyakov Gallery


2nd Century Mummy Masks, Pushkin Museum


Statues, Hermitage


Stroganov Palace, Russian State Museum


Bonifazio Veronese’s Adoration of the shepherds and Madonna and Child with St Catherine, St John the Baptist, St Dorotea and St Anthony the Abbot, State Hermitage Museum


See also:

Guardians of Russian Art Museums

Book By Andy Freeberg