Karen Mason-Blair is one of only a handful of Seattle photographers who took exclusive photographs of the bands of the Grunge movement. She called these musicians her “Seattle Familia.” Her name and reputation made her a sought-after photographer, who captured images of her music “family,” some of the world’s biggest rock bands bred in Seattle.

 

“When I met her in 1991, Karen (Mason) seemed to know everyone on the Seattle club scene. Though we didn’t know it yet, the city was ready to explode. And Karen was at ground zero.” ~Gene Stout, Pop Music Critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

 

These artists inspired her prolific work that documented the vast amount of music emerging from Seattle in such a short period of time. Her name and reputation gave her access to many rare moments, as she photographed the entire Grunge movement - from Alice in Chains’ first session for Rolling Stone, to Soundgarden’s first session with bassist Ben Shepherd, in addition to Mother Love Bone, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and famed producer Jack Endino’s own band Skin Yard.

 

Her award-winning photos appear on Nirvana, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Joan Jett and Radiohead albums. Additional clients include every major label including Capitol Records, Warner Brothers, Sony, and local Indie label Sub Pop. She has been published both nationally and internationally in People, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly, among others.

 

During the course of her 25-year career she owned and operated a studio in the Brewery in Los Angeles in the late 1980’s, where she achieved success and became well known for using her style and creativity. She move back to Seattle and opened a studio in Pioneer Square in the early 1990’s just as the Grunge music scene exploded. She was signed to Corbis for 17 years. She also managed several bands, hosted a nightclub at RCK CNDY, and ran an art gallery through her Pioneer Square location

 

“I lived it, I loved it, I photographed it.” ~Karen Mason-Blair

 

She currently lives in the Seattle area and has 2 grown amazing children.

 

CLIENT LIST:

Atlantic Records
Atlas Records
A&M Records
Aventail Corporation
BEC Records
BMG Records
BMI Records
Capitol Records
Century Media Records
Chrysalis Records
Def Jamm Records
DGC Records
EMI Records
Energy Records
Epic Records
ESP Guitars
F-5 Network
Forefront Records
Integrity Records
Interscope Records
KISW Radio
KNDD Radio
MCA Records
Mercury Records
Metal Edge
Metal Blade
Metro One Records
Microsoft
Polydor Records
Polygram Records
Poplama Records
Pro Records
Pulse Magazine
Q-prime
Rip Magazine
Road Runner Records
Rolling Stone Magazine
Sanctuary Records
Seattle Magazine
Sony Records
Subpop Records
The End 107 Radio Station
Tooth in Nail Records
Triple X Records
V2 Records
Vertical Records
Warner Brothers Records
Zildjan Drums
STOCK PHOTO LIST:

Alice In Chains
Alien Crime Syndicate
Andrew WK
Ann and Nancy Wilson
Anthrax
Art Alexakis
Bang Tango
Beck
Big Bad Voodoo Daddies
Billy Idol
Black Crows
Blind Melon
Black Crows
Blenderhead
Bob Rivers
Bush
Butthole Surfers
Cadet
Candlebox
Carrie Akre
Catherine Wheel
Chris Cornell
Celebrity Skin
Chris Cornell (solo) - live
Collective Soul
Common Heroes
Crowded House
Crux
Cyprus Hill
Dave Grohl
Dave Lubben
Devo
Don't Know
Duran Duran
Econoline Crush
Elastica
Elliot Smith
Evanescence
Everclear
Faith No More
Filter
Fishbone
Fretblanket
Garbage
Ginger Baker of Cream
Geoff Moore and The Distance
Grammatrain
Exodus
Fasterpussy Cat
Fleetwood Mac
Great White
Gruntruck
Hole
Hootie and the Blowfish
Incubus
I Mother Earth
Jason Morant
Jeremy Camp
Jeremy Engik
Jerry Cantrell
Joan Jett
Jose Carreras
Josh White
Joy Electric
Krist Novostelic
Late Tuesday
Layne Staley
Lincoln Brewster
Lit
Liquid Jesus
Lloyd's Rocket
Lolly
London Quireboys
Love/Hate
Love Mongers
Love Battery
Mad Season
Mark Lanagan
Masters of Reality
Methods of Mayhem
Michael Wilton
Mother Love Bone
Mudhoney
MXPX
Nevermore
Nick Rhodes
Nirvana
Oasis
Old Lady Litterbug
Mudhoney
Pearl Jam
Peter Buck
Placebo
Plankeye
Peter Buck
Poison
Porno for Pyros
Poor Old Lu
Pond
Pretty Boy Floyd
Primus
Pro-Pain
Queensryche
Rancid
Radiohead
Ramones
Reverend
Richie Sambora
Rock N' Roll Worship Circus
Save Ferris
Scott Faircloff
Scott Weiland
Screaming Trees
Second Coming
Silage
Simon LeBon
Skin Yard
Sir Mix-A-Lot
Sky Cries Mary
Sometime Sunday
Sonic Youth
Soul Asylum
Soundgarden
Spinal Tap
SS Mob
Staind
Starflyer 59
Static-X
Stone Temple Pilots
Sunny Day Real Estate
311
Sweet 75
Tal Bachman
T-Bone
Ten Shekel Shirt
Tesla
The Rentals
The Juliana Theory
The Lemons
The McKassons
The Posies
The Presidents of the USA
The Trenchcoats
Tin Machine
Tom Hemby
Tool
Tori Amos
Tuatara
Violent Femmes
Viva Voce
Wayne Static
William Goldsmith
Trixster
Ugly Kid Joe
Wax
Westley Woolus Fiasco
Zebrahead
 
 

 

 

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