The Legacy of Ostra Studio

This site is dedicated to the legacy of Jacques and Charles Biederer. Two brothers who founded Biederer Studio for erotic, sensual and nude photography and later also Ostra Studio for Fetish Photography. For this studio they also created some Fetish Movies.

There is a lot to discover. Click on the photos to view galleries, books and lot more, or use the tags on the right. Since I share a lot on Ostra Studio on various sites I don’t update here very regularly. You can however follow the feeds from my other projects so all together this is just one mixed bag of Biederer/Ostra’s Photographs.

Don’t forget to visit the special facebookpage, there is a large collection non nude photos to discover at this page and from time to time I will share new updates.

Ostra Studio was a photography studio in Paris that was well-known in the 1930s for producing high-quality erotic pictures of nudes and fetishistic scenes of bondage, whipping, and spanking. The studio was an offshoot of the equally famous Biederer Studio founded by Jacques (1887 – 1942) & Charles Biederer (1942) in 1908.

The Biederer Studio had already gained a reputation for making elegant and risque images of female nudes and erotic corporal punishment — including elaborate depictions of F/Fdomination, Maledom, scenes of male-submissive Femdom, and even pony play. The Ostra division, formed in the late ’30s, was an attempt to create a separate publishing house for “Editions Ostra” — albums of photo-sets based on erotic themes.

Unlike the studio-bound Biederer line, many of the Ostra pictures were done outdoors. These include romantic, mildly suggestive images of couples enjoying nature, nudes in classical poses, humorous, voyeuristic displays of partial nudity, and scenes of playful spanking. Sometimes several photos were taken in a series in order to tell a simple story.

In the studio, Ostra produced many sleek, sophisticated photos depicting domestic discipline as well as dominatrix-and-slave BDSM scenarios. One remarkable series of doggie training images may well be the first of their kind. Studio Ostra also did commercial photographic work for La Lingerie Moderne, Yva Richard’s mail-order catalog of lingerie and bondage accessories, as well as photo illustrations for erotic books.

Identifying a Jacques Biederer photograph is not difficult in itself, but separating the work of the two divisions is a daunting task. This is because very few are signed and both product lines made hundreds of similar images. A limited number of photos are signed Ostra or have a logo of a question mark inside an inverted triangle. Most are unmarked. Some Biederer Studio photos have a “B” scratched into the corner, but the majority are also not signed.One can only extrapolate by using the marked photographs as a guide in matching up images with the same theme, props, models, costume items, and set decorations.

In 1940 France was invaded by Nazi Germany. During the German occupation which lasted until 1944.   Biederer/Ostra Studios, and other purveyors of erotica faded away. As the Biederer brothers were of Jewish descent, they were seized by the Nazis and deported to the concentration camp at Auschwitz where they perished.

Available information:

About Jacques and Charles Biederer
About Biederer Studio

Interesting material:
Fetish Movies produced by Ostra Studio