John de Mirjian (unknown – 1928)

John de Mirjian was a well known photographer, despite his very short career (six years) he managed to photograph many leading Broadway entertainers, as well as many showgirls. He became more famous however due to a lawsuit Louise Brooks started, accusing him of preventing publication of her .semi-nude images His life ended by a car... Continue Reading →

Jacques Biederer (1887 – 1942)

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 (1892 - 1942) in 1908. The Biederer Studio... Continue Reading →

John Willie (1902 – 1962)

John Coutts (1902 - 1962) better known as John Willie, was a pioneering fetish photographer, illustrator, comic strip cartoonist and bondage artist. He is best known for his comic strip Sweet Gwendoline. Coutts was born in Singapore and grew up in England.In 1921 he entered Sandhurst and in 1923 was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in... Continue Reading →

Yva Richard (unknown)

Yva Richard was a company created by L. Richard and Nativa Richard. Yva Richard was one of the very first fetish producers around 1930. The company started in 1913 and closed down in 1943, they were stored at Studio 9 at the Rue Pillet-Will in Paris. They began in 1914 selling costumes, women's hats, shoes,... Continue Reading →

Alfred Stieglitz (1881 – 1946)

Stieglitz was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1881 Alfred's father sold his companyand moved his family to Europe for the next several years. The most important reason was that he believed his son could get a better education in Germany. Alfred Stieglitz enrolled in the Realgymnasium (middle school) in Karlsruhe. His parents, along with... Continue Reading →

Charles Gates Sheldon (1889 – 1960)

Charles Sheldon (1889 - 1960) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1889 Sheldon was pioneer in commercial fetish photography. It took me some time to put together collections with the various subjects he photographed, now the collection is finished (as far as possible) it gives an overview of the visions Sheldon shared on fetishes like... Continue Reading →

Charles Guyette (unknown)

Charles Guyette remains a mysterious and elusive figure as published details about his life are scattered, incomplete, and sometimes contradictory. In or around 1930 he and his brother opened a store in New York (at 116 E. 11th Street) selling theatrical costumes and burlesque supplies. The store had an extensive collection of exotic and unusual... Continue Reading →

Marcel Meys (1886 – 1972)

Already in 1914, and during the twenties and thirties, Marcel Meys (1886 – 1972) was presenting particular his work with nudes. There is one bondage serie with a brunette, posing nude with ropes in nature. There is not much to find about this photographer. He was a photographic correspondent for the French Newspaper L'Illustration where he... Continue Reading →

Juan Chrisostomo Mendez (1885 – 1962)

Juan Crisostomo Mendez (1885-1962) was born in the City of Puebla in 1885. He went to Saint Bernardine, a catholic institution. He entered the School of Arts and Crafts where he studied drawing, sketching and where he first developed a passion for architectural art. In 1900, at the age of fifteen, Juan Mendez became an... Continue Reading →

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