1. What is your favorite genre in photography?

I came up as a photojournalist with basically a hard news background. With that said, I am drawn to really good street photography in B&W and heavily saturated color.


  1. What is the first thing you do after waking up on a Monday?

If you have seen a lot of my work you know I shoot a lot of coffee. I photograph my morning coffee on almost a daily basis (not always posted) as a way to get my creative thoughts in place for the day :). That holds true for Monday mornings.


  1. What are your favorite instagram feeds?

I follow hundreds.. for inspiration, insight and ideas.. Here are just a fraction;




  1. What is your favorite museum or gallery for photography?

One of my favs is “The Met” in New York City


  1. What’s one piece of advice that has guided you?

“Just jump in the fucking water. If you can’t swim who gives a fuck. It is the act of jumping that counts.” – Told to me by a female Marine instructor at a course I was taking on Paris Island, way back when, when I asked her about an order I had received from someone else and was not sure of. Don’t even remember what the exact order was but that statement stuck with me and works for me.


John (Miles) W. Cary, has been a photographer for forty years. He began his career as a photojournalist, working for newspapers and United Press International (UPI). He was the Photo Bureau Chief in Springfield, Illinois for UPI and the Chief Photographer and Deputy Director of Photography at the Chicago Sun-Times.  He has been published in every major newspaper and news magazine in the United States as well as in various international news outlets.

John is co-founder of Suntimes.com, the web property of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. He spent 19 years with the Chicago Sun-Times with 14 years in senior interactive management. He is the former Online Director for Time Out Chicago, former Vice President, Digital Products at The Nation Magazine and the former VP, Digital Products for The American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) in New York City. He is currently a freelance photojournalist working primarily out of New York City, the Northeast and the NW Florida Gulf Coast.

His ongoing work can be found on Instagram @ jmilescary and www.johnwcary.org

John is a Marine Corps veteran as well as a graduate of Southern Illinois University (Carbondale). He resides in New York and NW Florida.

John will instruct our Fall on the Georgia Coast: Tybee Island, Little Tybee Island, Lazaretto Creek, Historic District North/Savannah Photo Workshop November 9-12. Go Here for more information.