About Leo Mason


Leo Mason became a professional photographer in 1975 after an initial career as an advertising 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 the ages he has worked and contributed to all the worlds top magazines including TIME Magazine, Sports Illustrated, LIFE Magazine, NEWSWEEK, USA TODAY, GQ Magazine, Paris-Match, STERN and many others. 

He has covered 10 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES from 1976-2012, plus 4 WINTER GAMES, FIFA WORLD CUPS and most of the worlds major sporting events.

His HISTORICAL ARCHIVE contains over 350K ICONIC FILM images dating 1975-2000 (many of which have been digitaly scanned) and in excess of 300K Hi-Res DIGITAL files to the present time.

After the 1984 LA Olympic Games he spent 1 year shooting American sports in Los Angeles & Middleweight boxing (Hagler,Hearns,Duran,Leonard etc) in Las Vegas. In 1987/8 he lived in Fremantle Australia working under contract for TIME Magazine covering the 1988 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.

AV PHOTOGRAPHIC SHOWS and SEMINARS have been at OXFORD UNIVERSITY, UCA Farnham, Chelsea Academy School, The Royal Photographic Society and Ireland's PA (in asociation with Nikon UK).

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 CHELSEA ARTS CLUB

The 195 KINGS ROAD GALLERY CHELSEA

'1976-2008 OLYMPIADS' (retrospective images and historical Olympic Games moments) at:

The GHERKIN BUILDING (38th floor) City of London

The RAC CLUB Pall Mall London

The IOC Olympic delegates HQ /Hotel at The Commonwealth Club Trafalgar Square London

He is represented by CORBIS Alamy USATODAY Sports LENSMODERN and Lebrecht (dance ony)