Ilsa Wynne-Hoelscher Kidd (b. 1986) is a multi award-winning Australian photographic artist who’s work spans across portraiture, art, fashion, still life and documentary, with a strong aim to capture subjects and narratives true to how she sees and digests the world. Inspired by imperfections and hard truths, and intrigued by the power held in the insignificant, she hopes to document feelings felt in fleeting moments, highlighting the crushing truth that nothing lasts forever.
As a photographer’s daughter, photography was a natural evolution after studying fine arts and building a career where narrative has been at the heart of all expression. She observed from a young age analogue photographic work and art direction, from concept creation to making prints in the home darkroom. Her love of the format was undeniable, and her way of seeing became more distinctive as a storyteller over time.
Now a mother of two, her work pulses within the heart of womanhood and symbols of life, offering viewers a feminine glance through the lens whether it be through a detailed long-from series or an insightful cutaway. She naturally leans towards capturing the essence of a concept, looking for the honesty in the in-between, the silence, the overlooked, and works her composition to deliver in a sometimes crude but alluring cinema-verite style.
Her awareness that as a female artist she feels intrinsically tied to her work, knowing it moves with her and through her, an ever-changing motion within, allowing this to inform her approach acknowledging her photographic process is creating her own personal blueprint.
“One can at times sense Ilsa being reflected back in her photographs.” - APA judging committee, ‘ Stories Award’ 2020 - Winner.
Ilsa’s work has been recognised, awarded, exhibited and published globally, and has limited edition works hanging in private collections worldwide.
She is currently finalising her first photo book, her recently awarded series ‘Twelve Moons’ to be released with a solo show and book launch in 2021 (AnyoneBooks, NZ / Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne).
Ilsa is also co-founder of Alt-House, a visual production house and creative agency in Fitzroy, Melbourne - working alongside fellow female directors and creatives Jess Brohier and Grace Moore.
Alt-House opened it’s doors in 2021, as a response to filling a gap in the Australian industry where diversity demands celebration, and premium commercial content desires creative punch and sensational narrative.
Alt-House is also diverse photographic studio, available for hire. Please get in touch for more - hello(at)alt-house.com.au
Available for; commercial work via Alt-House, and private commissions - contact directly.
Film format photography available for all photographic work.
Limited prints available for purchase (signed and numbered), with worldwide shipping.
Image licensing available, please enquire directly.
Please get in touch for more information, collaborations, interview requests or enquiries.
Based in Melbourne, Australia. Available worldwide.
Member of CCP (Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy Victoria).
Finalist (Olive Cotton Award 2021) - Tweed Regional Gallery
Winner Australian Photography Awards 2020 (’Stories’ prize)
Winner Australian Photography Awards 2019 (film/analogue prize)
Finalist / Top 20 of Capture Magazine’s Australasia’s Emerging Photographers 2020
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
*Judge - Australian Photography Awards judging committee member (Portrait Prize) 2020
Solo exhibition - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy Melbourne - 2022, ‘Twelve Moons’ art series and print edition release.
Book launch and show - details to come, 2022, ‘Slipping’ photo book.
Monash Gallery of Art, VIC - 2021, ‘Stages: Life in Lockdown’ group show.
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, QLD - 2021, ‘Stanthorpe Photography Award 2021’ group show.
Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW - 2021, ‘Olive Cotton Award 2021’ finalists group show.
Hue and Cry Gallery, Geelong - 2021, ‘Create and Destory; analogue’ group show.
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy Melbourne - 2021, ‘Ilford CCP Salon 2020’.
Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy Melbourne - 2021, ‘BSG Small Works Art Prize’ exhibition.
Fort Heart ‘Moving Visions’ group show, Melbourne - 2021.
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne - ‘Ilford CCP Salon Instagram Project 2020’ - invited artist (online, 2021).
Feature Shoot Emerging Photographer 2021 - online gallery, 2021.
Head On Photography Awards Finalists’ Exhibition - 2020, Sydney/online.
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy Melbourne/online - 2020, group online exhibition, ‘Still Life’.
JANE by the Grey Attic - online exhibition 2020 - ‘Open Call’ featuring ‘Woman at Home, Part II’ (2020) and ‘A Life Before A Death’ (2020)
Cream Town Gallery - Castlemaine, 2020 / ongoing.
Electric Collective Bushfire Relief Showing 2020, Nique Sydney, Nique Melbourne.
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 feature.
Australian Photography Awards (Winners/Finalists) 2019, Sun Studios Melbourne.
Publications~ Schön! editorial, 2021
Moss Magazine Vol. 5, editorial, 2021
Milieu Melbourne broadsheet - Ninth Edition, 2021
JANE by the Grey Attic - Issue 8, 2020
Moss Magazine Vol. 2, (cover story), 2020
JANE by the Grey Attic - Issue 7 (issue opener, art story), 2020
One Wild Ride magazine Vol. 1, 2020
The Lissome, n.1, 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
Spell Designs journal
Tourism Noosa - published tourism compendium
Hello May - wedding story
Polka Dot Bride - wedding story
Off Peak Weddings - Issue 10, 2021 - wedding story
(Various newspapers and independent press including but not limited to);
Russh, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Frankie Magazine, The Design Files, Fashion Journal, Monster Children, Broadsheet Media, WIN News (TV), Time Out, Concrete Playground, Monster Children, Creative Victoria, The Weekend Edition, Weekend Notes, Anyonegirl, JANE by the Grey Attic, Green Magazine journal, Man of Many journal, Australian Design Review, Glasshouse journal, Hatch Collection journal, Really Well journal, Kalaurie journal ‘Muse’, Layer’d ‘We are inspired’ interview, Mother Muse journal, Perple Women journal, Head On(line) 2020 finalists awards and exhibition, Australian Photography Awards online interview, Life Framer collection feature, amongst other printed and online features and interviews.
(release updates and information coming soon)
Slipping, 2022/2023 release
Twelve Moons, 2021 release - AnyoneBooks
The Birth Space, 2021 release - Hardie-Grant Publishing, contibuted/licensed photography
Australian Photography Awards 2020 ‘Stories’ Winner/Finalists photo Journal
Australian Photography Awards 2019 Winners/Finalists photo book
Mothr - independent press, Krystal Howard-Clarke, 2019, contibuted/licensed photography
Commission clients (including but not limited to)~
Nobody Denim, JANE by the Grey Attic, Tess Guinery, Juliet Allen, Lisa Mitchell, Auor Sunglasses, Worn Store, Dazed But Amazed, Before March, Blaer Store, Francie Melbourne, Sunshine Symbol, Kalaurie, Perple Women, Suzi Zutic Jewellery, Rebecca Koster Jewellery, Made by A. Jewellery, Hara The Label, Ali Barter, Jessica Prescott, Wellington Factory, Dasa Ceramics, Mood Objects, About Phaedra, Elias Mercantile, Bask Capsule, Alexa De La Cruz Studio, Vermeer Studio, Cygnet Perfumery, The Bee and The Fox, Self Practice, Sumu Studios, Akazi Studios, Arq, Nunez, Boheme Goods, Blaer Store, Peripheral Arts, Horizon Art Festival, Anywhere Theatre Festival, Tourism Noosa, Hardie-Grant Books.