BIEDERER / OSTRA STUDIO
Jacques Biederer (1887 - 1942), a Czech photographer living and working in Paris, set up his own photography studio in 1908. His models were actresses, music hall dancers, and local prostitutes. In 1913, he was joined by his brother Charles (1892 - 1942), who then helped to run the studio.
Though they began with 'classic' nudes, they soon ventured into fetish work: spanking, whipping, birching, BDSM, Femdom, Maledom, pony-play, and more. This led to the creation of the Ostra Studio in the 1930s: a subdivision of their studio specifically for their fetish photo series intended for publication in books and catalogs.
Sadly, France was invaded by Nazi Germany in 1940. The German occupation lasted until 1944, and during this time, the Biederer studio - along with many others - was destroyed. And as Jacques and Charles were Jewish, they were captured by the Nazis and deported to Auschwitz, where they both died in 1942.
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