I. W. H. K.

Ilsa W. H. Kidd, photographer

Ilsa Wynne-Hoelscher Kidd is an award-winning Australian photographic artist, focusing her work - whether it's people based or brand creative - on staying true to how her eye sees the world. Always inspired by art and fascinated by people, natural beauty and the power held in the insignificant and imperfect, she aims to document feelings felt in fleeting moments, even stories held within inanimate objects - highlighting the crushing truth that nothing lasts forever.

Influenced by her father, she observed from a young age analogue photographic work and art direction, from concept creation to processing film in the dark room at home. In these modern times Ilsa likes to delve deeper into the old world of analogue photo making, shooting works and clients on 35mm, medium and large formats, with the intention to give spotlight to the organic and unique nature of film, in turn adding another layer to the storytelling within the photography. Ilsa also shoots digital in equal amounts, mostly utilising natural light to complement the story and subject, as well as experiementing with the vast visual opportunities that comes with studio work and artificial light.

With her past painted with artistic expression and exploration, following paths in film-making, direction and writing, theatre and publishing, Ilsa is a natural storyteller with photography as her medium. Ilsa has also shared her experience and knowledge in these artistic fields as an educator and looks forward to hosting photography workshops in the future. 

Ilsa’s work has been published globally in various print and online publications, and with international interviews and limited print editions of most of her works (hanging in private collections nationally and across the seas), she hopes others will see value in the personal, sometimes mundane, and honest expression conveyed in her photography. 

Ilsa is a mother of two, a driving force behind a lot of her work. She organically creates her works around caring for and adventuring with her young. She focuses a large portion of her portrait work around the motherhood tale; setting her eye to each individual and the relationship with their child/ren. For more information on these sessions, visit her Motherhood Portraits page of this site, and Portraiture page for all other portraits. 

She also takes bookings for birth (documentary) photography, small and large events (such as bespoke parties and gallery spaces, as well as a select handful of weddings that resonate truly with her photographic style).

Ilsa works regularly with artists, brands and labels creating visual content and stories around their pieces and collections/campaigns, or new work. Please explore this site for information, or get in contact if interested in fashion, art, commission and collaboration shoots. 

For any more information on limited prints, to order a print, or to enquire about any works of hers not currently on the site that may be able to be printed- please get in touch. Likewise to arrange any photographic booking, commissioned work or collaborations.

Based in Melbourne, Australia. Available for work worldwide. 

Winner Australian Photography Awards 2019 (film/analogue)
Finalist Head On Photography Awards (Portrait Prize) 2020
’Editors’ Pick’ Life Framer Photography Awards 2019
Finalist/Highly Commended (documentary) Australian Photography Awards 2019
Finalist/Honourable Mention (film/analogue) Australian Photography Awards 2019
Finalist/Honourable Mention (portrait) Australian Photography Awards 2019

Australian Photography Awards 2019, Sun Studios Melbourne.
Electric Collective Bushfire Relief Showing 2020, Nique Sydney, Nique Melbourne. 
Solo exhibition - 2020, Gallery Boot, Melbourne- information to be released soon. 
Solo exhibition- 2020, Sunshine Coast Queensland- information to be released soon.
Head On Photography Awards Finalists Exhibtion - 2020, Sydney/online.
Cluster Photography & Print (first edition- invitation only) - 2020, Ugly Duck’s Warehouse London Bridge, London UK. 
Life Framer Collection - online gallery 2020 ongoing, ‘Slipping’ series snapshot.
Cream Town - Melbourne 2020/2021 information to be confirmed soon.

Commission Clients~
Worn Store 
Rebecca Koster Jewellery 
Dazed But Amazed
Tess Guinery - ‘The Apricot Memoirs’ and ‘The Moonflower Monologues’ 
Hara The Label
Wellington Factory 
Dasa Ceramics x Rebecca Koster Jewellery 
Bask Capsule 
Alexa De La Cruz Studio
Vermeer Studio
Juliet Allen
Ali Barter 
Tim Ross
Auor x Bien
Yukari Botanicals x Bask Capsule 
Rachel Kara x Bask Capsule 
The Bee and The Fox
Self Practice 
Various Friends
Sumu Studios 
Akazi Studios 
Boheme Goods
Tourism Noosa 
Peripheral Arts
Little Seed Theatre Company 
Horizon Art Festival official photographer 2018
Anywhere Theatre Festival official photographer 2017

Publications/published editorials~
JANE by the Grey Attic - Issue 7 (March 2020)
Russh magazine issue 88 (June/July 2019)
Mother Muse magazine Vol. 10, 2019
Mother Muse magazine Vol. 7, 2018
Mother Muse magazine Vol. 6, 2018
Mother Muse magazine Vol. 5, 2017
Bazaar (AU) - Ali Barter feature
Tourism Noosa - published compendium 

Various newspapers and independent press including but not limited to;
Russh online, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Design Files, Fashion Journal, Concrete Playground, and other online features and interviews

Photographic Books~
Slipping, 2020 release (Anyonegirl Books)
Twelve Moons, 2021 release (Anyonegirl Books)

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