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, shapes and space, 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 in performance and art 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 photographic series, an insightful cutaway or a moving picture directed in ways that align with her still photography practices and eye. 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.
As a female artist she feels intrinsically tied to her work, knowing it moves with her and through her, an ever-changing motion within, an awareness that her artistic 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 release, ‘Slipping’ with Anyonebooks, NZ (2022), and working on her recently awarded series ‘Twelve Moons’ for a solo show and printed release, 2022 (Anyonebooks, NZ + Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne).
Ilsa is also a co-founder of Alt-House, a studio and creative agency in Fitzroy, Melbourne.
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.
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), and Perth Centre for Photography.
Winner British Journal of Photography (Edition 365 award/group show) 2021
Finalist Olive Cotton Award 2021 - Tweed Regional Gallery
Winner Australian Photography Awards 2020 (’Stories’ prize)
Finalist Head On Photography Awards (Portrait Prize) 2020
Finalist / Top 20 of Capture Magazine’s Australasia’s Emerging Photographers 2020
Winner Australian Photography Awards 2019 (Film/analogue prize)
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
*Invited 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.
British Journal of Photography + New Art City - international winners group show, online 2021, ‘ Edition 365’.
Perth Centre for Photography, Perth - ‘Collective 2021’ group show.
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.
Feature Shoot Emerging Photographer 2021 - online gallery, 2021.
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne - ‘Ilford CCP Salon Instagram Project 2020’ - invited artist (online, 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.
CAP 74024, editorial, 2021
Moss Magazine Vol. 5, cover story + editorial, 2021
Milieu Melbourne broadsheet - Ninth Edition, 2021
JANE by the Grey Attic - Issue 8, 2020
Moss Magazine Vol. 2, cover story + editorial, 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
Slipping, 2022 release - Anyonebooks, NZ
Twelve Moons, 2022 release - Anyonebooks, NZ
The Birth Space, 2021 release - Hardie-Grant Publishing, licensed photography
Photo Collective Journal - biannual - Issue 01, cover + photo essay, 2021
British Journal of Photography ‘Edition 365’ photo book, 2021
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
(Various newspapers and independent press including but not limited to);
Rolling Stone, 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, British Journal of Photography, 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.
Commission clients (including but not limited to)~
Nobody Denim, JANE by the Grey Attic, Lisa Mitchell, Tess Guinery, Juliet Allen, Stephanie Cherote, Hardie-Grant Books, Anna Cordell Clothing, Auor Sunglasses, Worn Store, Dazed But Amazed, Before March, Blaer Store, Francie Melbourne, Sunshine Symbol, Suzi Zutic Jewellery, Rebecca Koster Jewellery, Project Bowman, Muse the Label, Made by A. Jewellery, Hara The Label, Ali Barter, Jessica Prescott, Wellington Factory, Dasa Ceramics, Mood Objects, About Phaedra, Elias Mercantile, Bask Capsule, Sundance Studio, Alexa De La Cruz Studio, Vermeer Studio, Cygnet Perfumery, We The Moode, Radiant Birth, Uplifted Collective, 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.