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 interaction, emotion, and 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 working within various creative fields, including film, theatre, writing and publishing, where narrative has been at the heart of all expression. Influenced by her father, she observed from a young age analogue photographic work and art direction, from concept creation to making film prints in the home darkroom. A love of the format was undeniable, and her way of seeing became more distinctive as a storyteller. In these modern times Ilsa likes to delve deeper into the world of analogue photomaking, shooting works and clients on 35mm, medium and large formats, with the intention to give spotlight to the organic and unique nature of film, the strength of composition and a nod to photography’s past. She shoots digitally in equal amounts, utilising natural light to complement the story and subject, but also likes to play with the vast visual opportunities that comes with studio work and artificial lighting.
Ilsa is a mother of two, and finds 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 is known for capturing mood, heart, the in-between, the silence and often overlooked, the sometimes uneventful honest expressions, unveiling the truth and depth of a subject, leading to a unique visual storytelling through a sometimes crude but alluring cinema-verite style. Aware that as an artist she feels intrinsically tied to her work, knowing it moves with her and through her, evolving with age, she therefore acknowledges her photographic process is creating her own personal blueprint and voice.
“One can at times sense Ilsa being reflected back in her photographs.” - APA judging committee, ‘ Stories Award’ 2020 - Winning submission.
Ilsa’s work has been awarded, exhibited and published globally, and has limited edition prints hanging in private collections worldwide. She is currently finalising two photo books, including her recently awarded art series ‘Twelve Moons’ to be released with a solo show at Brunswick Street Gallery (Fitzroy, Melbourne) in 2021, and book launch commissioned to be published by Anyonegirl Books (NZ).
Available for; commercial work via Duval Agency (location or studio), and private commissions - portraiture, motherhood and family sessions, select weddings, births, and events.
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, interview requests or enquiries.
Based in Melbourne, Australia. Available worldwide.
Member of CCP (Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy Victoria).
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 Australian Photography Awards - ‘Stories’ Award 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
Australian Photography Awards (Finalists and Winners) 2019, Sun Studios Melbourne.
Electric Collective Bushfire Relief Showing 2020, Nique Sydney, Nique Melbourne.
Head On Photography Awards Finalists’ Exhibition - 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 feature.
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy Melbourne/online - 2020, group online exhibition, ‘Still Life’.
Brunswick Street Gallery Small Art Prize 2020 exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy Melbourne.
Cream Town Gallery - Castlemaine, 2020 ongoing.
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne - CCP Salon Instagram Project 2020 (online).
Solo exhibition - 2021, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy Melbourne - information to be released soon.
JANE by the Grey Attic - Issue 8 (2020)
Moss Magazine Vol. 2, (cover story), Winter 2020
JANE by the Grey Attic - Issue 7 (2020)
One Wild Ride magazine Vol. 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 compendium
Hello May - wedding story
Polka Dot Bride - 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, 2021 release - Anyonegirl Books
Twelve Moons, 2021 release - Anyonegirl Books
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
The Birth Space, 2021 release - Hardie-Grant Publishing, contibuted/licensed photography
Commission clients (including but not limited to)~
Nobody Denim, JANE by the Grey Attic, Tess Guinery, Juliet Allen, Auor Sunglasses, Worn Store, Dazed But Amazed, Ode to Women, Francie Melbourne, Sunshine Symbol, Kalaurie, Perple Women, Suzi Zutic Jewellery, Rebecca Koster Jewellery, Made by A. Jewellery, Hara The Label, Ali Barter, Lisa Mitchell, Wellington Factory, Dasa Ceramics, Bask Capsule, Alexa De La Cruz Studio, Vermeer Studio, The Bee and The Fox, Self Practice, Sumu Studios, Akazi Studios, Arq, Nunez, Boheme Goods,
Peripheral Arts, Horizon Art Festival, Anywhere Theatre Festival, Tourism Noosa.
Represented by Duval Agency.