Guardians.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I've always been curious about security guards at art museums - what are their lives like? What do they do when they leave work? What do they dream about at night? "Guardians," a series by acclaimed photographer Andy Freeberg, features portraits of women hired to guard art at Russian museums, often framing them as part of the exhibition.

Below, a few favorites:


Via Freunde von Freunden. See more at Andy Freeberg Photography, here.

15 comments:

April said...

This is wonderful! I always think of Charlotte on Sex and the City, when she had to volunteer at the art museum because no one would hire her. Not super relevant, but ya know.

Claire said...

What a timely post, Shoko! Did you see this article in the NY Times about museum guards? http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/21/arts/artsspecial/museum-guards-on-life-beyond-the-galleries.html

Elle said...

I was at the Whitney last week and was wondering about the security guards! I'm curious to know what they think about the art and what their favorites are. (On a side note, the Jay DeFeo retrospective is up at the Whitney and is really beautiful and moving - have you seen it?)

theshellhammer said...

My college roommate spent a summer in Denver as a "guardian" at a gallery. She said she fell in love with the art all around her and found new intricacies with each passing view (I’m assuming as she paced back and forth). But after 3 months, she was bored and moved home. Interesting life; interesting passion. I love this photos and will passing along to her.

auste said...

That last image is perfection.

tara said...

How cool!! I think it would be so fun to work in a museum. I would want to guard my favorite paintings.

angela said...

Lovely portraits, I always try to smile at the security guards, it seems like a thankless job.

Anonymous said...

last one is a gem.

Shoko said...

Claire, I haven't but I'm so excited to check it out! Thank you!

Elle, no, but I'd love to! It sounds amazing!

LeeLee said...

I love it!

Ginny said...

What a neat idea for a post. It is an interesting topic.
Ginny
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scgrits said...

I have worked in museums for 15+ years. It is not glamorous, but I am glad someone is recognizing our importance.

Marie said...

This is amazing! The relationships between the art and the guards must be something beautiful

Ira Kharchenko said...

Wow! Such beautiful pics:)

http://theprintedsea.blogspot.de/

Pink Ronnie said...

Love this SO much. You would think at first glance they're actually meant to be part of the 'art' of the photograph!
Ronnie xo

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