Anni in her office    Anni Bergman   In 2014 I began photographing Anni Bergman, she was 96 years old. I wanted to understand this extraordinary woman's insatiable zest for life despite the accumulating losses accompanying her aging.  Documenting Anni's daily life I discovered Anni's qualities I most admire are the qualities that have always defined this remarkable woman. Emigrating to America as a seventeen year old orphan escaping the Holocaust, Anni became a world renowned psychoanalyst. Faced with the choice of accepting either admission to college or an invitation to join the circus as a gymnast, Anni chose an academic career. Acclaimed for her success with severely autistic children and adults that other clinicians deemed untreatable, Anni never gave up on her patients, just as she has never given up on herself.  The importance of relationships is emphasized through Anni’s connection to her patients, work, caregivers, the people that surround her and our photographic exchange. She maintains her core self, always curious and compassionate. The work is a celebration of Anni and an example of resiliency of self.
       
     
  Anni and Izzy
       
     
  Sofa
       
     
  Dia Museum
       
     
  Anni with family
       
     
  Anni and friends
       
     
  Stairs
       
     
  Untitled
       
     
  Anni looking at photos
       
     
  Anni and friend
       
     
  Anni
       
     
  Untitled
       
     
  Anni’s bedroom
       
     
  Anni and Nadia
       
     
  Hands
       
     
  Piano Playing
       
     
  Thinking
       
     
  Untitled
       
     
  Kitchen
       
     
  Anni and Nadia
       
     
  Exhibition
       
     
  Office
       
     
  Light
       
     
  Anni and Mia
       
     
  Trying on sunglasses in Soho
       
     
  Anni sitting down
       
     
  Plants at home
       
     
  Window
       
     
  Anni And Nadia   Anni asked my opinion about different tops and then decided herself that she would wear this beautiful blue silk shirt with a patterned shawl, blue beaded shimmering necklace, blue beaded bracelet. And she put on some very red lipstick, asking me how she looked, was it too bright? She looked beautiful. Nadia came in and also told Anni how beautiful she looked.  I left at the same time as Nadia and Anni. Nadia had allowed plenty of time to get to Penn Station. Anni moved slowly, talking, getting distracted. Anni wanted to walk but it was cold and getting late. Nadia was trying to find a cab. I found one for them and Anni seemed fine with that and gave me a warm hug and kiss goodbye. Anni took the train to Boston by herself (here she’s 95 years old) and Kostia, her son, met her at South Station.
       
     
  Anni’s Vanity
       
     
  Summer
       
     
  Swimming at Chelsea Piers
       
     
  Couch
       
     
  Brighton Beach
       
     
  Anni Bergman
       
     
  New York
       
     
 Anni and Izzy
       
     
  Anni and Friend
       
     
  Anni and James
       
     
  Untitled
       
     
  Untitled
       
     
  Anni
       
     
  Untitled
       
     
  Anni and family
       
     
  Coming inside
       
     
  Reading
       
     
  100 Years Loved
       
     
  At Rest
       
     
  Anni in her office    Anni Bergman   In 2014 I began photographing Anni Bergman, she was 96 years old. I wanted to understand this extraordinary woman's insatiable zest for life despite the accumulating losses accompanying her aging.  Documenting Anni's daily life I discovered Anni's qualities I most admire are the qualities that have always defined this remarkable woman. Emigrating to America as a seventeen year old orphan escaping the Holocaust, Anni became a world renowned psychoanalyst. Faced with the choice of accepting either admission to college or an invitation to join the circus as a gymnast, Anni chose an academic career. Acclaimed for her success with severely autistic children and adults that other clinicians deemed untreatable, Anni never gave up on her patients, just as she has never given up on herself.  The importance of relationships is emphasized through Anni’s connection to her patients, work, caregivers, the people that surround her and our photographic exchange. She maintains her core self, always curious and compassionate. The work is a celebration of Anni and an example of resiliency of self.
       
     

Anni in her office

Anni Bergman

In 2014 I began photographing Anni Bergman, she was 96 years old. I wanted to understand this extraordinary woman's insatiable zest for life despite the accumulating losses accompanying her aging.

Documenting Anni's daily life I discovered Anni's qualities I most admire are the qualities that have always defined this remarkable woman. Emigrating to America as a seventeen year old orphan escaping the Holocaust, Anni became a world renowned psychoanalyst. Faced with the choice of accepting either admission to college or an invitation to join the circus as a gymnast, Anni chose an academic career. Acclaimed for her success with severely autistic children and adults that other clinicians deemed untreatable, Anni never gave up on her patients, just as she has never given up on herself.

The importance of relationships is emphasized through Anni’s connection to her patients, work, caregivers, the people that surround her and our photographic exchange. She maintains her core self, always curious and compassionate. The work is a celebration of Anni and an example of resiliency of self.

  Anni and Izzy
       
     

Anni and Izzy

  Sofa
       
     

Sofa

  Dia Museum
       
     

Dia Museum

  Anni with family
       
     

Anni with family

  Anni and friends
       
     

Anni and friends

  Stairs
       
     

Stairs

  Untitled
       
     

Untitled

  Anni looking at photos
       
     

Anni looking at photos

  Anni and friend
       
     

Anni and friend

  Anni
       
     

Anni

  Untitled
       
     

Untitled

  Anni’s bedroom
       
     

Anni’s bedroom

  Anni and Nadia
       
     

Anni and Nadia

  Hands
       
     

Hands

  Piano Playing
       
     

Piano Playing

  Thinking
       
     

Thinking

  Untitled
       
     

Untitled

  Kitchen
       
     

Kitchen

  Anni and Nadia
       
     

Anni and Nadia

  Exhibition
       
     

Exhibition

  Office
       
     

Office

  Light
       
     

Light

  Anni and Mia
       
     

Anni and Mia

  Trying on sunglasses in Soho
       
     

Trying on sunglasses in Soho

  Anni sitting down
       
     

Anni sitting down

  Plants at home
       
     

Plants at home

  Window
       
     

Window

  Anni And Nadia   Anni asked my opinion about different tops and then decided herself that she would wear this beautiful blue silk shirt with a patterned shawl, blue beaded shimmering necklace, blue beaded bracelet. And she put on some very red lipstick, asking me how she looked, was it too bright? She looked beautiful. Nadia came in and also told Anni how beautiful she looked.  I left at the same time as Nadia and Anni. Nadia had allowed plenty of time to get to Penn Station. Anni moved slowly, talking, getting distracted. Anni wanted to walk but it was cold and getting late. Nadia was trying to find a cab. I found one for them and Anni seemed fine with that and gave me a warm hug and kiss goodbye. Anni took the train to Boston by herself (here she’s 95 years old) and Kostia, her son, met her at South Station.
       
     

Anni And Nadia

Anni asked my opinion about different tops and then decided herself that she would wear this beautiful blue silk shirt with a patterned shawl, blue beaded shimmering necklace, blue beaded bracelet. And she put on some very red lipstick, asking me how she looked, was it too bright? She looked beautiful. Nadia came in and also told Anni how beautiful she looked.

I left at the same time as Nadia and Anni. Nadia had allowed plenty of time to get to Penn Station. Anni moved slowly, talking, getting distracted. Anni wanted to walk but it was cold and getting late. Nadia was trying to find a cab. I found one for them and Anni seemed fine with that and gave me a warm hug and kiss goodbye. Anni took the train to Boston by herself (here she’s 95 years old) and Kostia, her son, met her at South Station.

  Anni’s Vanity
       
     

Anni’s Vanity

  Summer
       
     

Summer

  Swimming at Chelsea Piers
       
     

Swimming at Chelsea Piers

  Couch
       
     

Couch

  Brighton Beach
       
     

Brighton Beach

  Anni Bergman
       
     

Anni Bergman

  New York
       
     

New York

 Anni and Izzy
       
     

Anni and Izzy

  Anni and Friend
       
     

Anni and Friend

  Anni and James
       
     

Anni and James

  Untitled
       
     

Untitled

  Untitled
       
     

Untitled

  Anni
       
     

Anni

  Untitled
       
     

Untitled

  Anni and family
       
     

Anni and family

  Coming inside
       
     

Coming inside

  Reading
       
     

Reading

  100 Years Loved
       
     

100 Years Loved

  At Rest
       
     

At Rest