||Exhibition open from Tuesday 27th May until Sunday 8th June 2014
||Monday to Saturday 11am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 3pm
||Opening reception Friday 30th May 2014 6-8 pm
||X88 Gallery, 88 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, NSW 2008
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Mike Bowers found his passion for photography while still at school. One of his teachers inspired him to a life long love affair with images.
After working in the darkrooms of The Australian National University and memorable years printing glass plate negatives at The Australian War memorial he embarked on a career in photojournalism.
Mike spent 14 years in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery working for a variety of publications including The Australian, The Age, BRW, Time, The Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald. He has covered eight Federal election campaigns and has accompanied three prime ministers on assignments both around Australia and overseas. The recent 2014 federal budget was his twenty-fifth; he worked exclusively for the Guardian Australia.
Mike has covered conflicts in Cambodia, Kosovo, Bougainville, PNG and The Middle East. When the boxing day Tsunami struck Indonesia Mike travelled to Banda Aceh to document the devastation.
He is a multiple Walkley Award Finalist, has won Nikon-Press Photographer of the Year awards in the category of Photographic Essay and Portraiture and won the 2012 Kennedy Award for Outstanding Photographic Essay.
He was Pictorial Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald from 2001-2008. Mike was appointed Chief Photographer before striking out on his own in late 2008; He has published 4 books, Gallipoli Untold Stories, The Big Picture 175 Years of The Sydney Morning Herald and A Century of Pictures, 100 years of Herald photography. His latest book is a joint venture with journalist Paul Daley. Armageddon-trouble on a faded ANZAC trail was published in August 2011.
Mike was Director of Photography at The Global Mail from January 2012 until it's closure in February 2014, he is a regular commentator on ABC radio and TV and host of Talking Pictures on the Insiders program, which airs on ABC 1 and NEWS 24 on Sunday mornings. He is now a regular contributor to Guardian Australia and travelled with the leaders during the 2013 election campaign, working for the Guardians #PoliticsLive blog.
A portrait of Prime Minister Tony Abbott was selected by the National Portrait gallery for inclusion in the 2014 National Photographic Portrait Prize.
He lives in Sydney with his wife ABC Journalist Paula Kruger and his son Oscar 10, his daughter Ashla 5, and a very troublesome Labrador named Tommy.