Cornell is an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Auckland, New Zealand having recently returned from working in Johannesburg, South Africa for the past six years. He studied at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg where he completed the Photojournalism and Documentary Programme (PDP) in 2013. He has a particular interest in news photography, historical injustice, the environment and the stories behind sports. Cornell’s work has been published on The New York Times website (US), The Wall Street Journal (US), The Independent (UK), The Times (SA), The Telegraph (UK), The Huffington Post, The Times of London, ESPN Cricinfo, Mana Magazine (NZ), Quartz (US) and others. At the end of 2014 he held a solo exhibition titled, Uprooted - The People of Sophiatown, where he examined the forced removals of residents of Sophiatown in the 1950s and 1960s. Cornell was recently selected to show his work at the New York Times Portfolio Review in April 2018.

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