A native of New York City's distinctive Hell's Kitchen, Christian Miles is an internationally published photographer and credentialed freelance photojournalist. His solid grasp of social documentary, photo essays, portraiture, and fine art, along with his assertive approach to storytelling, has earned him several distinguished honors. Most recently, Christian Miles is a recipient of the 2023 Creative Engagement Grant jointly awarded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), with the support of NYS Governor Hochul's office and the New York State legislature, for his documentary work on the 1961 Freedom Rides for public exhibition in fall of 2023 at the CaShMa gallery, fittingly located at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.
In 2022 Christian Miles received the Greater Buffalo Society of Professional Journalist Award. In 2019, his coverage LGBTQ+ community including his photo essays of NYC World Pride parades and events was inducted into the permanent archive of the National Library of Congress. and in 2018 was awarded for “Best Photo Story” by the New York Press Association. Christian is the recipient of the 2017 Hell’s Kitchen Foundation Grant in Fine Arts for his community portrait series, “The Faces of Hell's Kitchen”. He was the first photographer to receive a HKFG grant.
Motivated by a concern for equality and human rights, Miles’ photo essays often shine a light on vulnerable populations who are frequently overlooked or underrepresented. He enjoys reporting on the many social, political, and cultural events and unique nuances that make New York City the greatest city in the world. Christians' images have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, AlterNet, London Financial Times, W42ST Magazine, Downtown Express, Gay City News and has had multiple covers and feature articles with Chelsea Now. Christian Miles is a staff photojournalist and videographer for Chelsea Community News where he reports on the various local stories as well as produces a weekly urban life photo-documentary column called City Miles. He is a contributing photographer for multiple regions of the Western New York Bee News Group and his new book “Model City'' is in its final stages of production.
Christian has also incorporated his photo essay expertise to Day In The Life Family Photography. These exquisite photo-documentary style collections bring a unique, personalized, and authentic alternative to traditional family photography approach by following and interacting with families through their daily routines rather than directing and posing. The result is a rich momento that tells the personalized story of their experience as a family.