Humorous Portraits of a Grandmother

A few years ago, photographer Sacha Goldberger discovered that his 91-year-old “mamika” (Hungarian for “grandmother”) named Frederika was feeling lonely and down. To put a smile back on her face, Goldberger suggested that they shoot a series of silly portraits featuring Frederika dressed up as a superhero. Frederika agreed, and Goldberger’s project Mamika was born. The photographs took the web by storm back in 2010, and the viral views gave Frederika a huge boost in cheer as people from all over the world sent encouraging messages to her.

Eugene Kim over at My Modern Met writes,

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.

Since Mamika, Frederika has continued to model in Golberger’s various portrait ideas:

You can find more of Goldberger’s work over on his website. He also tells us that he has a new book coming out called Mamika & Co, a followup to his first one titled Mamika: My Mighty Little Grandmother.

P.S. Goldberger is also the photographer behind the “joggers after running” portraits we featured last year.

Thanks for sending in the tip, Billy!

Image credits: Photographs by Sacha Goldberger and used with permission

  • Luce

    These are fantastic!

  • RJCP

    just awesome :)

  • jesseyardley

    I love it!

  • Adrian van Vliet

    Cracked me up :’) Beautiful.

  • Mike V McPherson Jr

    These are awesome and heart warming at the same time!

  • JosephRT

    I love the one where she is blowing bubbles on top of a skyscraper…EPIC

  • Sebastian Cahl

    This is truly great!, I would so buy these for my house or business.

  • Alok Mishra

    Mamika herself is such a sport for doing this. Love these pictures!

  • pryere

    Hats off. Inspirational.

  • Christopher King

    What’s more impressive is that’s actually the side of a building she is standing perpendicular to!

  • Julie

    LOVE IT!

  • John Sluder

    A wonderful series of images

  • John Sluder

    A wonderful series of images

  • Caroline Carrigan

    These are absolutely wonderful!