Part 3 (final) - Otto's Studio
The myriad of objects and works of art found in his working environments portrayed a mind brimming with ideas, testament to his multifaceted interests. Otto found refuge in these spaces and used them as a melting pot for his ideas and as a place to practice his skills, both as a portrait and advertising photographer, and as a designer of clever collages. These highly seductive spaces were also places for entertaining his friends, fellow artists, and intellectuals.
"His fashion photos, unlike those by some of the famous studio photographers of the day, such as the North Americans Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, were almost always shot on location, whether indoors or out. Ultimately, for him, the atelier or studio was often a safe haven—an enclosed space where he was safe from the vagaries of the weather, from the unpredictability inherent in shooting outdoors, and from the clash with life in the outside world. But, above all, it offered him a stage for his storytelling and sketches where he could pursue his own personal and varied drama." Extract from The Photographer's Blank Page
"(...) the studio, with its four walls offering infinite backgrounds, could not contain him; it could not hold his flamboyant and adventurous personality. His blank sheet could only be filled by this planet of ours, captured by an eye obsessed with the search for beauty, which he always claimed to pursue. It is for this reason that he traveled the world." Extract from The Photographer's Blank Page
In 2006, Cosac and Naify launched the first retrospective book of his work, entitled simply "Otto Stupakoff." In 2008, his work from 1955 to 2005 - around 16,000 negatives- was added to the Moreira Salles Institute's (IMS) photographic collection. Working in partnership with Otto Stupakoff, the IMS then went on to produce an exhibit of his photographs that opened in Rio de Janeiro in February 2009, before being shown at the Institute's cultural centers around the country. In 2009 the IMS also produced and launched the book "Sequências." Otto Stupakoff died on April 22, 2009.
FASHION/IMS—from the Otto Stupakoff exhibition "Beauty and Anxiety": Instituto Moreira Salles Rio de Janeiro from December 13, 2016 through April 16, 2017
Curation: Sergio Burgi and Bob Wolfenson FASHION/IMS Edition: Rachel Rezende
Continue your visit in:
Part 1: Otto Stupakoff and Fashion Photography: The Early Days
Part 2: Otto Stupakoff and Fashion Photography: His International Career
Research: Joanna Balabram and Rachel Rezende
IMS Photography Coordinator: Sergio Burgi
Video editing for the section "The early days of fashion photography in Brazil": Laura Liuzzi Caption translation: Joanna Balabram
The content of this collection was edited based on the exhibition texts.