Geof Kern was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1950. He grew up in Flushing, Queens and Southern California. Conscripted into military service during the Vietnam war, Kern later enrolled at the technical photography school Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California with the help of the GI Bill and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in photography in 1976.
Kern moved to Dallas in 1977 to begin his career and gradually his work for regional clients, notably Texas Monthly magazine, began to win awards in New York. By 1990 his clientele, and press, was international.
Editorially, he became a regular contributor to Esquire, Spy, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone magazines. Subsequent advertising projects would include fashion and conceptual projects for Selfrdiges London, Bloomingdales NY, Neiman-Marcus, Takashimaya, Matsuda Japan, Diesel France, Mercedes France, Ford Europe, Acura North America, BNP-Paribas Worldwide, and Interface International.
Among many professional honors Kern is a recipient of the peer-nominated Infinity Award in Applied Photography from The International Center Of Photography (ICP) in New York. Other awards include the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography from Columbia University, New York, and a Grammy for album art. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, the London Design Museum, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.