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didi s. gilson - Port Stephens

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Raised in New York City, and given her first camera at the age of eight, Didi has photographed throughout her life. Since relocating to New South Wales, Australia in March of 2001, she has been based from a small, coastal town. Previously, she has worked as a commercial photographers agent and studio manager, as well as mentoring photo/media students, teaching  workshops, and exhibiting throughout the US.

"D" enjoys the adrenaline rush of candid photography, but creates distinctive portraits along with people-less, contemporary landscape and ‘Neo New Topographic’ images too. She is most interested in framing what is extraordinary about the ordinary, discovering nuance, gestures and fresh appearances... while tapping into the quotidian and commonplace of our collective unconscious. Didi is a co-founder of the AUSSIE STREET exhibition & competition.

Exhibitions/ Highlights


  • 2017 Maggie Diaz Photography Prize Finalist, BRIGHTSPACE Gallery, St. Kilda,VIC

  • 2014-2016 BIFB RED DOT Annual Photo Exhibitions, Eleven40 Gallery, Melbourne & Art Gallery of Ballarat, VIC

  • 2013 Head On Portrait Prize Finalist, Library of NSW, Sydney & Ballarat International Foto Biennale, VIC

  • 2012 Independent Photography Fest/Photo Prize Exhibition, Tinning Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

  • 2010 Contemporary Landscape in Photography/CLIP Award Finalist and Judge's Award, Perth Centre for Photography, WA

  • 2007 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize Finalist, Library of NSW, Sydney & year-long tour throughout NSW

  • In 2017, "Rural Street Photography, A Candid Focus Outside the City" article appeared in the online publication: Her Side of the Street, and  "A Letter from Australia" was published in fLIP, the print magazine for London Independent Photography, UK.