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Ilsa Konrads, c. 1976 (printed 2002)

Lewis Morley

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 40.3 cm x 30.5 cm, image: 36.0 cm x 27.1 cm)

Ilsa Konrads (b. 1944), swimmer and editor, came to Australia with her family from Latvia when she was five. She and her brother Jon began swimming at Bankstown Pool, and were tagged 'the Konrads kids' as they developed into champions. Ilsa broke twelve individual world records and six team world records; she won a Commonwealth gold medal in 1958 and a silver in 1962, and an Olympic silver medal for the 4x100m relay in 1960. After a cadetship on the Daily Mirror she began work at Pix magazine. She met Lewis Morley when she was working as chief sub-editor on POL, Dolly and Belle. She edited Belle from 1975 to 1979, when she began five years as editor of Vogue Living. After a move to the Sydney Morning Herald she returned to Vogue Living from 1989 to 1999. Recalling the stormy climate of Australian publishing in the 1970s and 1980s, she comments that she changed employers five times without changing desks.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2002.22

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 51 in 1976)

Ilsa Konrads (age 32 in 1976)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

Donated by

Lewis Morley (49 portraits)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.