Thor Elias Engelstad
Photography, Sydney New South Wales Australia
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Contact details
Tel: 61 423598820
Brief Summary
Thor Elias Engelstad is a Norwegian born Australia based photographer,
known for his innovative and recognizable characteristic style combination of
fashion and fine art. Some of his fashion and advertising clients include
Pandora, Grab Denim, Billabong, Oscar Oscar, Mimosa, Universal Store,
Volvo, Huawei, Stockland, Brookefield Multiplex and Princess Luxury Yachts.
His work has been featured in publications such as a Cultural History of
Fashion in the 20th century, Vulture Magazine, Carbon Copy, UCE Magazine,
Lino, Art World, Australian Art Review, Academy for Men, Cleo, Oyster and
French Photo. The recipient of international prizes such as the International
photography Awards, International Color Awards and The Centre for Fine Art
Photography in the USA.
When not shooting for clients Thor Elias travels the continents adding to his
varied influences and inspirations, balancing his personal photo media and
visual experimentations work.

Selected fashion clients:

Grab Denim
Pandora Jewelry
Universal Store
Phyllis Boho
Oscar Oscar Hair Salons
Love is Treason
Rufus Green
Sunny Side SSSKC
Humility Couture
Taree Birse
Silence is Nothing
This is a Plain TEE
Joy French
Aaron Darcy Designs
Jay Pask
VII Skulls
Nina & B

Selected advertising clients:
Huawei Australia
The Taboo Group, Client : Witchery
Brookefield Multiplex, Cotton Beach, NSW
Robina Land Corp, Robina Town Centre and 38 Riverwalk Ave
Robina Projects PTY Ltd, The Rocket
Surfers Paradise Alliance, Surfers Paradise city branding 2010
Gold Coast City Council
Amalgamated Properties, Sierra Grand Broadbeach
Dexus, Tweed City Fashion Mall
Princess Luxury Yachts Australia
TOTO Communications
Grand Living, The Grand Residential Enclave
Amalgamated Properties, Ivory Burleigh
Endeavour Foundation
National Breast Cancer Foundation
Cocojambo Australia
Neo Property, luxury properties
Alamanda Private Hospital
Stockland, disp.villages, Pacific Pines, Highland Reserve, Jacobs Ridge, The Observatory
Ray Group, Salt Village, NSW
Hope Island Marina
Chilled Vision, East88 Broadbeach
Allied Hospitality, The Exchange and The GPO, Brisbane
VAST Interior
Boyd Blue
Bandhini Homewares
Mustang Marine
Samsara Homewares
Casuarina, NSW
Perle Contemporary Dining & Lounge Bar
Pandora Jewelry Flagship Stores, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, GC 
Professional Experience
group exhibitions:
2012/13 Vente De Photographies D’Art, Sakura Gallery, Paris, France
2012 Capturing Light | New Mediums in Photog, Qld Festival of Photography, Byron Bay, Aus
2010/11 Moran Contemporary Photographic Art Prize 2010, State Library, Sydney, Aus
2010 NY Photo Festival, ‘Human Kind’, The PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2010 Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne, Australia
2010 Art Sydney 2010, Hall of Industries, Sydney, Australia
2009 30x40, A Snapshot of Contemporary Australian Art, United Galleries, Sydney, Australia
2008/09 Moran Contemporary Photographic Art Prize 2008, State Library, Sydney, Aus
2008 Hip Pop, United Galleries, Sydney, Australia
2008 Tales from the Cold Ghost II, Tinygold, 19 Karen Gallery, Gold Coast, Australia
2008 Art in Mind, Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK
2008 Unwrapped 08, Australia’s Premier Showcase, United Galleries, Perth, Australia
2008 A Hundred Nations, multicultural festival, Sandefjord, Norway
2007 Unwrapped 07, Australia’s Premier Showcase of Emerging Art, United Galleries, Perth.
2007 Projections 07, Federation square, Melbourne, Australia
2007 Projections 07, Saatchi gallery Sydney, Australia

charity and community contribution
2011 Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, White Shirt Day, viral social media fundraiser campaign with Witchery
2009 National Breast Cancer Foundation, Portraits of Australian celebrity sports icons, with their sport shirts body
painted in pink, Print Charity Auction Fundraiser, Global Illumination, Brisbane, Aus
2009 Variety, The Children’s Charity, Artwork donation, silent auction fundraiser Variety GC Ball, Gold Coast, Aus
2005 Feeling Cambodia, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane, Aus
100% of the proceeds are given to the Earthwalkers fund, supporting Cambodian children
2004 Images of Cambodia, Earthwalkers,Siem Reap, Cambodia. Permanent sales exhibition
100% of the proceeds are given to the Earthwalkers fund, supporting Cambodian children
2004 1st & 2nd charity sales exhibition, fundraiser for the Sangkheum Centre for Children’s
education in Cambodia, Sidebar, Sydney, Australia

2013 Photo of the Week, Vignette Magazine, London, UK
2013 UCE Mag, ‘The New beginning’, Armageddon Issue, USA
2012 Vulture Magazine, ‘Transience’, Issue 2, Int. distributed magazine, Singapore
2012 Papercut magazine, ‘Silent Spell’, June Issue, USA
2012 The Photo Paper, Journal of Photography, Color Collection | Professional Edition, Issue 4, UK
2012 Australian Photography, artist Profile revisited, March issue, Yaffa Publishing
2011 Carbon Copy, Client Magazine ‘A Star is Born’ + cover, Issue 7, London, UK
2011 Precinct Magazine, cover + editorial, Issue 2 Jan/March, GC, Australia
2011 Artist Profile, Featured work, Fox Meets Foxy, Australia
2010 Fantastics Magazine, ‘Viva BrisVegas’ , December Issue, NY,USA
2009 Academy for Men, Editorial, ‘Adam’, Melbourne, Australia.
2009 Cliché Magazine ‘Love is Treason’, February Issue, LA,USA
2009 Urban Mainstream Magazine, Spotlight Photographer, artist profile, February issue, USA
2008 Australian Art Review, feature in United Galleries article, The Rise of the New, p.42-44, issue 16
2008 Stateline ABC TV, Featuring the Art of Unwrapped08, Australia
2008 Utsnitt 08, featured in Awards opening presentation film, Oslo, Norway
2008 Lost at E Minor, fashion section, featuring Just a Moment, Please Series from Tokyo, e-magazine
2008 Name of the Week/Weekend Portrait, weekend magazine, Sandefjords Blad, Norway
2008 Capture, Australia’s Pro Photog. Mag, cover and interview, Doing it in Style, May/June Issue.
2008 Australian Photography, artist Profile, May issue, Yaffa Publishing
2007 A Cultural History of 20th Century fashion: From Catwalk to Sidewalk, Berg Publishers, New York
2007 Ontour Directory 2007, cover and sections artwork, Queensland Arts Council, Australia
2007 LINO issue 16, featured artist, Australia and New Zealand
2007 Clay Mag, Between Places, GC, Australia
2006 Artists' ShowCase, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado, USA
2006 Capture magazine, Shooting Stars, Sydney, Aus
2006 French PHOTO, Paris, France
2005 Capture Magazine, Sydney, Australia

Awards and Recognition
2012 Semi-Finalist Moran Contemporary Photographic Art Prize, Sydney, Australia
2011 International Color Awards, Photography Masters Cup, Nominee in Fine Art, London, UK.
2010 Finalist, New York Photo Festival, Human Kind Exhibition, The PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2010 Finalist Moran Contemporary Photographic Art Prize, Sydney, Australia
2008 IPA, 5 Honourable mentions in Professional Categories fine art, fashion & advertising, LA, USA
2008 Finalist Moran Contemporary Photographic Art Prize, Sydney, Australia
2007 International Photography Awards, 3 Honourable mentions in Professional Categories, LA, USA
2007 Cover Art Challenge Award Winner, Queensland Arts Council, Brisbane, Australia
2007 Finalist ACMP Trampoline 07 Projections, Sydney, Australia
2006 International Photography Awards Honourable mention Fine Art , Professional, LA, USA
2006 International Photography Awards, Two Honourable Mentions, People/lifestyle, Prof., LA, USA
2006 Finalist On The Edge The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA
2006 Finalist Project 30 June exhibitions, New York, USA
2006 Finalist ACMP Trampoline 06 Projections, Sydney, Australia
2006 Premiere selection, PHOTO ‘Le Plus Grand Concours Photo Du Monde’, Paris, France
2006 Finalist Project 30 May exhibitions and June exhibition, New York, USA
2005 Finalist Thiess Art Prize, Dell Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2005 Capture Magazines ‘Exposed’ competition in March 2005, Australia
2005 The annual F-Stop Imaging Director’s Choice Award, Brisbane, Australia


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