Born in Nyack, New York in 1966, Frank Masi studied Art at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. There he developed an interest in photography, after being intrigued and captivated by a local Nyack black and white photo exhibition by a fellow student.
Just one credit shy of graduating, Masi took a risk and made a leap to The Portfolio Center in Atlanta’s intensive two-year photography program. While in his second year, Masi began earning a living as a commercial advertising photographer. After graduating, Masi stumbled into unit still photography while shooting an ad campaign for IBM on a commercial film set. It was on that set he discovered his passion for still photography.
Shortly thereafter, Masi entered into the world of shooting stills on film sets, and made the inevitable move to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a motion picture still photographer in Hollywood.
Since his arrival in Los Angeles in the early nineties, Masi has lent his still photography talents to more than fifty films including THE ROCK, ARMAGEDDON, SIGNS, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, HANCOCK, THE HANGOVER, AND BATTLESHIP. Masi has worked alongside such prominent directors as Steven Spielberg, Wolfgang Peterson, Tony Scott, Michael Bay, Paul Schrader, Walter Hill, McG, Peter Berg and M. Night Shyamalan. Masi also developed a close working relationship with Bruce Willis, who he befriended on Armageddon in 1997. They have since worked together on more than 10 films, most recently in Sofia, Bulgaria on THE EXPENDABLES 2.
In 1998, Masi was invited to join the prestigious organization of Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers. His works have been exhibited, with other S.M.P.S.P. members, internationally including gallery showings in Los Angeles, Prague, and Havana.
Masi’s images have been published in several film related books including, Armegeddon—Visions of Armageddon, Van Helsing—The Making of a Legend and G.I. Joe. His photos appear regularly in such magazines as Entertainment Weekly, Time, Newsweek, Rollingstone, People, and many other publications worldwide. Masi has enjoyed working in such exciting and diverse international film locations as South Africa, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Spain, England, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Mexico and Canada.
In 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2011, Masi garnered a nomination for the Unit Still Photography Award by the Publicist Guild of Hollywood.