Schneider, Gary was born on November 25, 1954 in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Son of Miriam Schneider.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Michaelis School Fine Art, University Cape Town, South Africa, 1977. Master of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1979.
Artist-in-residence Stony Brook University. Lecturer visual arts, Lewis Center Arts Princeton University.
Exhibitions include Gary Schneider: Portraits, Genetic Self-Portrait (Alfred Eisenstaedt award, Columbia University, Life Magazine, New York City, 2000), Flesh (Lou Stoumen prize, Museum Photographic Arts, San Diego, 2005).