Mason Hershenow is a photographer, writer, and institutional critic focusing on systems of exclusion in public education and the greater fine art world. His work—while photography-focused—often includes elements of modernist design, typesetting, machine learning, and non-archival printmaking.
Hershenow is a northern California native. He earned his Bachelor of Art in photography from Sacramento State University in 2014 and his Master of Fine Art in photography from San José State University is 2020, where he also taught a number of introductory photography courses. In September 2020, he founded it's no sam studios and began hosting Meaning What, a podcast exploring conversations missing in fine art and culture. He currently teaches and runs the photography program at Cindy Avitia High School in San José, CA.