Geraldine Visco Bio

About Gerry Visco’s photography

I am a photographer, performance artist, and writer.  But that hasn’t always been the case.  I began taking photographs in my photojournalism class at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2003 and fell in love with photography. We learned on a manual Nikon F-10. My first assignment was a parade, and so I went to the Columbus Day Parade and jumped into the middle of Fifth Avenue, joined the paparazzi, and began taking close-up shots of Hilary Clinton. I’ve been told by so-called well-meaning friends that I was a writer not a photographer and why was I “wasting my time.” Luckily, I disregarded their advice and kept at it. Most of my experience with photography has been during events and out on the street. My specialty is close-ups and nighttime photography, but I like trying a bit of everything. One of my objectives is to document people, places, and events. Engaging with my subject can often be involved with the photographic process but I also use photography to express my aesthetic vision, which complements my writing and performance.


About Gerry Visco

Join the Gerry Party! Gerry Visco is fabulous. She’s living the fun life in the fast lane illegally blonde and at large on the Upper East Side of New York City after years of causing trouble on the Upper West Side. She toils at a day job at one of New York’s leading research universities (Columbia University). She’s been labeled a bipolar fashionista and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disordered but she manages to cope with her disabilities, even thrive on them. One of her frequent laments is, "I'm so fabulous it makes me sick."  


Apart from being a little crazy, she is also an international celebrity. Multi-talented to the extreme, she’s a writer, performer, photographer, and style icon. Visco has a weekly column, The Bash Compactor, in New York Press, where she covers parties, events, concerts, theater, and the arts. She’s also written for She was nominated for a Glammy in 2010 for best nightlife journalist. She’s a noted photographer who was won the Village Voice Best of Award as Bravest Nightlife Photographer of 2010. Her photography has appeared in the Bulgarian art journal, One (her photo of Muffinhead is on the cover), New York Press, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Try State Magazine, The Daily News, Gawker, Homoneurotic, and numerous blogs. She’s exhibited her work at group shows at Gallery U in Montclair, New Jersey and Detroit, Michigan; Envoy Gallery Enterprises, Artflux and Munch Gallery in New York City.


Her formal performance career began with her role in Woody Allen’s film “Stardust Memories” in 1977. After a long hiatus slaving away at a day job, she gave up sleeping and cleaning her apartment and is back in the saddle for the past couple of years. She’s performed at Dixon Place with her own full-length show “Gerrification” in 2009 and 2010, Chantal’s House of Shame in Berlin, Cafe Five15 in Detroit, Queen Vic with Epiphany Get Paid, Issue Project Room, the Slipper Room, Peepshow Burlesque at Paddy Reilly’s, Sex Worker Literati at Happy Ending, the Inner Beauty Parlor curated by Joseph Keckler at Envoy Enterprises Gallery, the Parkside Lounge, and the Sex Worker Literati Series at Happy Ending.


Visco’s not just some bleached blonde empty-headed nightlife personality and performer, however. In 2005, Visco earned an MS in Journalism from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism; 1990 an MFA in Writing from Columbia’s School of the Arts; 1987 a BA from Columbia’s School of General Studies; 1980 an AAS in Fashion Buying and Merchandising from Fashion Institute of Technology. She attended the French Culinary Institute during the 1980s and earned a certificate as a yoga teacher in training from the Iyengar Institute in NYC.


Gerry Visco