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 every day." 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.

With the unexpected success of this series, titled "Mamika" (or grandma in Hungarian), Goldberger created a MySpace page for her. She now has over 2,200 friends and receives messages like: "You're the grandmother that I have dreamed of, would you adopt me?" and " You made my day, I hope to be like you at your age."

Initially, she did not understand why all these people wrote to congratulate her. Then, little by little, she realized that her story conveyed a message of hope and joy. In all those pictures, she posed with the utmost enthusiasm. Now, after the set, Goldberger shares that his grandmother has never shown any signs of depression. Perhaps it's because her story serves some sort of purpose. That through the warm words of newfound friends, she's reminded of just how lucky she is to be alive.

We got in touch with Sacha Goldberger, the grandson and talented photographer to ask him more about his background and creative process. He told us this: "I've been photographing for four years now and before that I worked as a creative director. My grandmother is very professional. I'd show her some poses, and she'd propose some of her own. I like to tell stories and I also work with some very creative friends."

Update: This post has gone viral. Read the latest news and see more photos of this super grandma, here.

















Sacha Goldberger's website

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Comment by Ana Catalina Lizano on December 7, 2012 at 5:30am

Incredible awesome!!

Comment by shami shin on February 22, 2011 at 1:18pm
Love the pictures. My daughter was in hysterics
Comment by yoyoquinn on December 19, 2010 at 10:05pm

Fantastic. Love those photos.

Comment by Robert Iacono on December 13, 2010 at 7:43am

Love the pictures. My daughter who is a photography/video student at Glasgow School of Art thought it was amazing!!

I am in OT and I think it is a brillant idea for his grandmother.  What a way to lift one's spirits.

She is an international star now!!

Comment by Bert Nert on December 5, 2010 at 6:50pm
Awesome!! i know i can always count on grandma... ;)
Comment by shami shin on December 3, 2010 at 7:38am
haha
Comment by Lourdes Bryant on November 27, 2010 at 9:34am
LOVE!!!!!!
Comment by Bruce Friedman on November 26, 2010 at 2:47pm
When luck and destiny collide and bond over a powerful yet simple story about life's rare oddities, a diamond in the rough could only be polished to perfection by an artist who knows that true beauty is indestructible.

Good job! And better still, it's a great story, too. The grandson deserves a lot of credit for this as well. These photos are both haunting and evocative. Interesting.
Comment by Dawn ZigZag Montefusco on November 21, 2010 at 4:11pm
You are AMAZING. Both you and your grandmother. I can't thank you enough for doing this. This is so inspiring. I wish I could get my mother to do something like this. Bravo!
Comment by Ann Fairbank on November 21, 2010 at 9:56am
Terrific series; humorous, creative shots. Super Mamika has a Super Grandson. Great to see elders being appreciated.
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