Geoffrey Cordner was born in
Tripoli to a French mother and an American father. He was raised in Libya
before moving to Canada and then Egypt and then to United States in 1978.
He continued his travels into adulthood and lived at several places in the
U.S. as well as in Milan, Italy. He landed in Los Angeles in 1994 and has
been there ever since. He started taking pictures in the late 1970's. His
first work was doing shots of punk bands for posters and fanzines in
With an in-your-face attitude characterizing much of his work,
Geoff has been labeled everything from "genius" to "thriftshop
visionary". The authorities at Ms. Magazine called him "a
reprehensible, socially parasitic artist”. He is nonetheless, highly
praised by his fellow artists and his work has been exhibited in Italy,
Spain, and the United States. He has also been published in Max, Genre,
Poz, French Elle, Vibe, While You Were Sleeping, Tear, People Magazine, TV
Guide, and has appeared on numerous album covers and punk manifestos.
Products featuring his photos have been banned in Michigan and pulled from
gallery walls in Los Angeles.