Michael Rayner - Biography

After a long and distinguished career as an editorial photographer for some of Australia’s most respected newspapers and magazines, Michael Rayner has relocated to Hobart.

A former full-time staff photographer at The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Good Weekend magazine, Michael Rayner has also been commissioned to produce work for Time Australia, The Australian Weekend Magazine, Qantas Australian Way magazine, the UK Telegraph Weekend Magazine and Business Review Weekly.

With the skills of a master craftsman and the eye of a fine artist, he is as comfortable shooting news pictures as he is with features, documentary, portraiture, sport, environmental and architectural photography. As a lecturer, he has mentored dozens of up and coming photojournalists at Melbourne’s prestigious Photography Studies College, Southbank.

Michael’s was official photographer for the Brisbane Commonwealth Games, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Cultural Program and the VFL; he has also covered World Cup cricket in Australia, India and Pakistan. In 1992 he undertook a powerful photographic essay on landmine victims and refugees in Northern Iraq and is often in demand as an official photographer for International Arts Festivals. His documentation of everyday life around Melbourne and Sydney is an outstanding testament to his decades of life as a photojournalist.

His impressive body of work has graced countless front and back pages, glossy magazine covers, books and brochures. He has amassed a host of national photographic awards in recognition of his contribution to Australian press photography including Nikon/Maxwell Press Photo Awards, The Australian National Press Photography Awards and a Walkley Award (group award, Port Arthur massacre).

His many national and international assignments have culminated in three books: Ticket to Ride, a reflection of life and characters around the Australian continent by train; Caribbean Odyssey, a celebration of cricket and life in the West Indies; and Contact Renewed; Australia versus the new South Africa, a thoughtful and entertaining account of life following the resumption of Test cricket after apartheid, all published by Simon & Schuster.

Michael Rayner Photography, now based in Hobart Tasmania will continue to offer professional photographic services to commissioning editors, advertising and PR organisations as well as local tourism groups, local government and media outlets. Also In the very near future he will launch a new photographic business venture based on tourism in and around Hobart. More details to be published soon.