John studied art in England at West Surrey College of Art & Design as well as Arizona State University.
At ASU he was privileged to study under the guidance of art photography historian, Bill Jay. There he had personal access to many of the legends of photography including Eugene Smith, Paul Caponigro, Minor White, and Ansel Adams.
John worked many years in Chicago as a professional photographer. He then developed a successful career in Information Technology at AT&T Bell Laboratories, studying for a Master of Science from Northwestern University.