CARY WOLINSKY grew up in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, a glass-manufacturing town, thirty-miles east of Pittsburgh. His father had been a glider pilot and avid photographer in Europe throughout World War II. At age twelve, Cary Wolinsky was making photographs of his hometown and creating prints in his basement darkroom.
In 1965 Wolinsky entered the photojournalism program at Boston University and was well situated to photograph the Vietnam era protests and campus unrest. He studied with Carl Chiarenza who, along with Minor White at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, encouraged him to pursue fine art photography. In 1969, Aaron Siskind accepted him to join the graduate photography program at Chicago’s Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology. Wolinsky chose instead to work as a photojournalist for the Boston Globe and began showing his fine art work at Pucker Gallery in Boston.
By 1972, Wolinsky was providing freelance photographic essays to many national and international magazines, including Focus, Stern, Geo, Natural History, National Geographic, and Smithsonian.
Cary Wolinsky is best known for his international, historical, scientific and cultural photographic essays published regularly in National Geographic magazine since 1977. His numerous stories include; Sichuan: Where China Changes Course, Inside the Kremlin, Sir Joseph Banks, The Greening of the Empire, The Power of Writing, Australia A Harsh Awakening, New Eyes on the Oceans, Diamonds: The Real Story, What's in Your Mind and, The Down Side of Being Upright.
In 2006 Wolinsky cofounded with performance artists Alicia, Kelly and Sara Casilio (identical triplets), the collaborative TRIIIBE. Their photographs, social commentary and identity tableaus, are prized by private and corporate collectors.Wolinsky's photographs have been printed in hundreds of publications throughout the world. His fine art prints have been acquired and exhibited by many museums including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the DeCordova Museum, the Duxbury Art Complex, The Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Lisbon City Museum, the List Art Center at Brown University, the Natural History Museum London, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Tikotin Museum in Haifa, and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University.
Born: October 14, 1947, Pittsburgh, PA
Studied: Boston University, School of Communications 1965-1969