Cornell is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg where he completed the Photojournalism and Documentary Programme (PDP) in 2013. 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 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 is a contributor to European Pressphoto Agency (EPA), Anadolu Agency and The Times Newspaper (SA).