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Otto Stupakoff, Nus, Joatinga, Rio de Janeiro, 1978 (Nudes, Joatinga, Rio de Janeiro, 1978), gelatin silver print, 14 1/8 × 22". © Acervo Instituto Moreira Salles.

Otto Stupakoff

Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS) | Rio de Janeiro

Otto Stupakoff, Nus, Joatinga, Rio de Janeiro, 1978 (Nudes, Joatinga, Rio de Janeiro, 1978), gelatin silver print, 14 1/8 × 22". © Acervo Instituto Moreira Salles.

This exhibition of the work of Otto Stupakoff (1935–2009) reveals the multiple practices of this important Brazilian photographer. By presenting a broad and representative selection of his work, curators Bob Wolfenson and Sergio Burgi have reintroduced one of the pioneers of fashion photography in Brazil. But as this show also demonstrates, Stupakoff’s oeuvre is much more extensive than that. We see his portraits and his advertising work but also his important artistic essays, which led to his first exhibition of photography in a Brazilian art gallery. As Burgi says, “The photos, collages, assemblages, all were part of the same creative process, the same narrative that he constructed throughout an entire career.”

The exhibition begins with images from Stupakoff’s formative years at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, 1953–55, in which we can already perceive

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