In 1908 a Czech immigrant started a photo studio in Paris. He produced sensational, explicit, and often ironic fantasies that pushed the boundaries of accepted sexuality.
The name of this studio: Biederer Studio
The studio was sheltered in a discreet workshop with hall dancers and Parisian prostitutes modelling for the images. The address for the studio seemed to have been: 33 boulevard du Temple, 75003, Paris. I also found some reference saying the studio was located on Rue Armand Gauthier in Paris.
Jacques was joined by his brother Charles in 1913 who helped him run the studio. Their earliest known photographs are of nudes in classical poses which were typical of that era. Over time compositions became more contemporary. They began to shoot outdoors and created photo-sets that told a simple story, such as a romantic couple cavorting in a park. In the beginning, when specializing in nudes and more risque subjects, the photos were marked with Jacques’s initials J.B. or just a “B” beneath an accent mark, and then they stopped signing them altogether. However, many unmarked images can be identified by the frequently used props, set decorations, and theme.
In the late 1930s, the two brothers created a subdivision called Ostra Studio.It seems this devision was responsible for producing sleek, sophisticated photos of erotic nudes and daring images depicting bondage, whipping, and spanking.
These compositions made effective use of fetishistic clothing and accessories such as leather and rubber corsets, high-heel boots, leather opera gloves, shackles, chains, chastity belts, and even a metal spreader bar (perhaps the first to be photographed).Most of the BDSM-themed photographs involve either all-female (F/F) spanking scenarios or a dominatrix humiliating and whipping one or two female slaves. Biederer also made Maledom images (men punishing women) and Femdom photos, some of which feature men being used as pony play slaves.
They even produced some movies:
– Dressage au Fouet
– Sous Les Caresses du Martinet
– La Vase Brise
Author Alexandre Dupouy has published a book about Editions Ostra. Unfortunetely there are no musea (to my knowledge) that exhibit these photographers and their work. At my site Ostra Studio you can find a large collection photos from Ostra/Biederer Studio, all uploaded and careful put into collections. These are all free to view and download, it is my goal to save and share the legacy of the two brothers without commercial interest.