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Specialties: SPORTS and DANCE
(classical ballet and contemporary)

Leo Mason became a London-based professional photographer after an initial career in advertis- ing.

He worked at the OBSERVER and other National Newspapers, before forming the SPLIT SECOND PHOTO AGENCY.

During a 40 year span he has contributed to TIME Magazine, NEWSWEEK, Sports Illustrated, LIFE Magazine, GQ, USA TODAY, Paris-Match, STERN, L’Equipe and all the worlds top magazines.

Historical sports coverage includes:
10 Summer OLYMPIC GAMES (1976-2012)
5 Winter Olympic Games Franz Klammer Pirmin Zubriggen Torvill & Dean 1980 USA v USSR (ice hockey final) Katarina Witt John Curry
3 FIFA World Cups Spain Mexico Italy
3 AMERICAS CUPS (12 metres inc1983 USA Newport loss to Australia)
BOXING 1978 ALI Vs Spinks Superdome New Orleans. 1980’s Las Vegas Middleweights fights Hagler Hearns Duran Sugar Ray Leonard etc.
TENNIS 36 Wimbledon Tennis Championships (1975-2011)
1981 Richard Noble LAND SPEED RECORD at the Bonneville Salt Flats
F1 MOTOR RACING includes Hunt Lauda Prost Senna Schumacher etc.
3 Tour de France Mercyx Hinault era
4 American SUPERBOWLS Plus most of the worlds major & minority sporting events.

After the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games he spent one year shooting American sports in LA and middleweight boxing’s golden era in Las Vegas.

In 1987/8 he lived in Fremantle Australia under contract for TIME Magazine shooting the America's Cup.

He was photo press officer for the 1991 RUGBY WORLD CUP and official photographer for the Peter de Savery Blue Arrow AMERICA'S CUP Challenge, Martell Grand National, Cisco World Matchplay golf etc


OXFORD UNIVERSITY UCA Farnham Chelsea Academy School Ireland's PA (in association with Nikon UK) 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 3 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.
1976-2008 OLYMPIAD's at Searcys 38th floor GHERKIN Building London. The RAC Club Pall Mall and the Commonwealth Club Trafalgar Square.
The Chelsea Arts Club & The 365 Kings Road Chelsea Gallery

Since 2009 Leo Mason has photographed some of the worlds best principal dancers and ballerina’s Carlos Acosta Natalia Osipova Tamara Rojo Vadim Muatagirov Daria Klimetova Ivan Vasilev at Covent Garden Sadlers Wells and the London Coliseum.
He has also shot all forms of contemporary dance company productions including Flamenco Hip-Hop and Argentinian Tango etc.

Watch legendary photographer and picture editor Eamonn McCabe's
(1948-2022) interview with him for Popperphoto/Getty on You Tube.

He is a specialist in multiple exposure sports & dance photography.

Direct contact: leo@leomason.com +44 (0) 7831 467 926