John McRae (1960, Horsham, Victoria, Australia) is a Sydney based fine art photographer renowned for his intimate portraits including his longitudinal study of the Olympic gold-medal diver Matthew Mitcham. McRae has an established background as a commercial photographer specialising in fashion, portraiture and corporate photography. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout Australia as well as internationally including shows in New York, Paris, Berlin and Rome.
John McRae has been selected for a number of prestigious portrait and photography prizes including The Moran Contemporary Portrait Prize and The Josephine Ulrick Win Schubert Photography Award. His portrait of Margaret Olley in her Paddington studio was voted the People’s Choice Winner in the 2012 National Portrait Prize. McRae’s work explores the subject of the male gaze in order to address issues relating to gender, sexuality and physical attraction.