Grandma's Superhero Therapy - Serial Optimist

Grandma’s Superhero Therapy

'Mamika'

A few years ago, French photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her up, he suggested that they shoot a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses, and locations. Grandma reluctantly agreed, but once they got rolling, she couldn’t stop smiling.

Frederika was born in Budapest 20 years before World War II. During the war, at the peril of her own life, she courageously saved the lives of ten people. When asked how, Goldberger told us “she hid the Jewish people she knew, moving them around to different places everyday.” As a survivor of Nazism and Communism, she then immigrated away from Hungary to France, forced by the Communist regime to leave her homeland illegally or face death.

Aside from great strength, Frederika has an incredible sense of humor, one that defies time and misfortune. She is funny and cynical, always mocking the people that she loves.

Everything about this, the story, the work, all of it, is just pure smiles.

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SO Note: (All work by photographer Sacha Goldberger, for more information on the artist and his work go to www.sachabada.com, and thanks to MyModernMet for sharing the great story!)

David Dean
David is the publisher of Serial Optimist and writer of things that hopefully make people smile. You can also find him on HelloGiggles and Thought Catalog. He is a comedy lover and pop culture obsessive who loves crossing the line, a good story and original beauty.
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One Comment

  1. Whit says:

    This makes me smile. The photography is incredible. And grandma’s looking pretty good at 91! Those silver tights are working for her.

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