Cary Wolinsky began working as a news and magazine photographer for the Boston Globe in 1968 while completing a degree in journalism at Boston University's School of Communications. By 1972, he was providing photo-stories on a freelance basis to many national magazines, including Natural History, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Newsweek, and International Wildlife.
After becoming a contract photographer with National Geographic in the mid 1980s, Wolinsky came to specialize in assignments that require in-depth research and well-managed, global coverage. Among his stories published by National Geographic are "Silk, The Queen of Textiles," "Sichuan: Where China Changes Course," "Fabric of History: Wool," and "Inside the Kremlin." While working on the Kremlin story, Wolinsky negotiated a contract with the Soviet Ministry of Culture to bring the exhibition "Odyssey, The Art of Photography at National Geographic" to Moscow, where it was seen by nearly half a million visitors.
Wolinsky has taken a leading role in introducing quality photography in electronic publishing. He co-founded Picture Network International (PNI), an online photography database system designed to serve established and emerging publishing markets. In 1997 PNI was sold to Kodak and continues marketing photography online under the name Picture Quest.
Wolinsky's photographs have been licensed for advertising and editorial use in hundreds of publications throughout the world. His photographic prints have been exhibited and acquired by museums and private collections in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia.