Mason Hershenow is a photographer, writer, and lecturer who lives and works in northern California. He earned his BA in photography from CSU Sacramento in 2014 and is currently pursuing his MFA at San José State University, where he has also taught an introductory photography course.

Interested in the systems we build and use to interact with ourselves, each other, and the world around us, Hershenow's work focuses largely on the tensions between archaic and contemporary practices in photography, print media, and the personal archive, as well as the language used in and around academic art. His art practice combines street and candid photography, darkroom processes, traditional and digital printmaking, twentieth-century graphic design, machine writing, and installation art.

A full artist CV is available at the bottom of this page. Feel free to email any business or collaboration inquireries here.

Solo Exhibitions

  • I've Never Been So Sure Of Anything, Gallery 5, San José, California, 2019.
  • godless children | holy objects, Belcher Gallery, San José, California, 2018.
  • Selections from The Quiet Capitol, Insight Pavilions, Sacramento, California, 2016
  • The Quiet Capitol, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, California, 2015.

Select Group Exhibitions

  • Extra Ordinary, Embark Gallery at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, California, 2019.
  • Cluster-Fun: SJSU MFA Group Show, San José State University, 2019.
  • Countering Productivity: SJSU MFA Group Show, San José State University, 2018.
  • CSUS Design Department Spring Showcase, California State University Sacramento, 2013.


  • Vernon Davis Scholarship, 2018.
  • Dierks-Morgan Scholarship, 2018.
  • Best in Show for a Senior Portfolio in Photography, California State University Sacramento, 2013.
  • Honorable Mention, Black and White Category, Photographer’s Forum Best of College Photography, 2009.

Select Features and Publications

Bio June 2019

Image: Alana Rios