Mike Rutherford worked as an advertising, graphic design photographer in Australia, Singapore, the UK,and the US.
He learnt his craft in the analogue era, working with 10x8 cameras,120 and 35mm and black and white darkroom printing. He now pursues personal work without the constraints of shooting for commercial outlets and has embraced digital photography with its capacity to be manipulated - taking the image through to producing the final print.
Mike uses images which convey a dramatic, darker style with a social message, mainly with an emphasis of what is important for the planet's survival.
In 2020, Mike won a gold medal at the San Francisco International Photography Awards, was runner up in the New York Center for Photographic Art Black and White Awards, exhibited at the Los Angeles Center for Photography Black Lives Matter Exhibition and the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California as well as featuring in group shows in Athens and Texas. Mike will be exhibiting at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (28 August - 24 October 2021) and will have a one-person show, called “Vital Signs (an interpretive exposition of the unseen)”, at the West End Art Space in Melbourne 24 May - 7 June, 2021
Exhibitions and Awards
Runner up Creswick Photo contest.2019
Six by Six Calendar
Participant and producer. 3 Years in a row in the 1990's.
Bronze Award for Photography .Melbourne Art Directors Awards.