Sheila Masson Biography

Born just outside of London, England, to Scottish parents, Sheila Masson emigrated to the United States in 1989 as a teenager. She attended Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design in London and the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone, England, and earned a BA (hons) degree in illustration and photography.

Sheila returned to the United States after graduation and spent four years working as a photo researcher and editor for several picture agencies in New York City, while continuing to photograph personal projects and freelance assignments. In 2000 Sheila relocated to Los Angeles, California, and began working as an assistant to photographer Lauren Greenfield as well as beginning her own career as a photojournalist.

After assisting and freelancing for 2 1/2 years in Los Angeles, Sheila relocated to San Francisco where she worked as a photojournalist, newspaper reporter and photo editor/researcher for six years. In 2009 she decided to return to her family home of Edinburgh, Scotland, where she continues to work as a photographer and as the picture library manager for Writer Pictures, a bespoke picture agency specialising in literary portraiture. In the past two years she has also worked as a volunteer photo historian at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and became a committee member of the Scottish Society for the History of Photography. In November 2013 she graduated from the Art History department of the University of St Andrews with an MLitt History of Photography.