Leo Mason became a professional photographer in 1975 after an initial career at Grey Advertising as an art director. After a short period working on the OBSERVER newspaper and other national papers he founded the london based SPLIT SECOND PHOTO AGENCY.
During a 35 year span he has worked and contributed to all the worlds top magazines including TIME Magazine, Sports Illustrated, LIFE Magazine, NEWSWEEK, GQ Magazine, Paris-Match, STERN and many others.
He has covered all summer OLYMPIC GAMES from 1976-2008 plus 4 winter games, FIFA World Cups and most of the worlds major sporting events.
His archival library contains over 350K FILM (analogue) images dating 1975-2000 and thereafter in excess of 200K Hi-Res DIGITAL files to the present time.
He spent 1 year shooting American sports in Los Angeles after the 1984 Olympic Games and in 1987/8 lived in Fremantle Australia working under contract for TIME Magazine to cover the America's Cup.
He was photo press officer for the 1991 RUGBY WORLD CUP and official photographer for the Blue Arrow AMERICA'S CUP challenge, Martell Grand National, Cisco World Matchplay golf etc.
Leo lectures and gives AV photographic shows. Recent events have been at OXFORD UNIVERSITY, UCA Farnham and the Royal Photographic Society.
He is an ex-council member of the CHELSEA ARTS CLUB and was chair of the clubs exhibitions and shows sub-committee for 2 years. He is an associate member of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) and holds over 18 major photographic awards.
Photo exhibitions include:
- 'The Coast Exposed' in association with MAGNUM PHOTOS and the National Trust on permanent display at the Greenwich
- National Maritime Museum.
- THE LOWRY Museum at Salford Quays Manchester
- THE RAC Club Pall Mall
- The Chelsea Arts Club
- The 195 Kings Road Gallery Chelsea
David Boss | Malcolm Emmons | Manny Rubio | Herb Weitman
Darryl Norenberg | Rod Hanna | Richard Mackson | Dick Raphael | Leo Mason | Peter Brouillet | George Long