A pioneer of fashion photography in Brazil and one of the best-known Brazilian photographers abroad, Otto Stupakoff (1935-2009), a native of São Paulo had his complete works – a collection of around 16,000 negatives – acquired by the Instituto Moreira Salles in September 2008.

Apart from fashion shoots and portraits of international celebrities in arts and politics, produced for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Life, Esquire, Glamour, Look, and Vogue, Stupakoff, who spent the most productive phase of his career in New York and Paris, also has a lesser-known series of portraits, nudes, street snapshots, photographs of his countless travels around the world, and experiments that border on abstractionism.

Stupakoff was a notable personality in a golden age for fashion and portrait photography, the 1960s and 70s, working at the same time as stars such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn – whom he’d asked to help as an assistant, years earlier, and who told him that that would be impossible, as Otto “was already a photographer” in his own right – and Diane Arbus.

In this glamorous, competitive world, he cultivated a style all his own, which he called “Brazilian,” and which always highlighted the spontaneity and sensuality of his models instead of their clothing in and of itself.

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