Biography

Neil Massey is a British Documentary Photographer currently based in Saigon, Vietnam. Before relocating to Asia he lived in London, where he worked as a editorial photographer specialising in music and youth sub-cultures. A recurring theme and subject which he has been photographing ever since. Since moving to Vietnam Neil has been interested in documenting the country's young demographic and the effects of the Vietnam's rapid growth on its people and environment.

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* Neil recently set up Sirius with Julia Massey which specialises in producing human interest short films.

* Towards the end of 2013 Neil embarked on a photo project with Unicef Vietnam, documenting Unicef's essential work which includes the supply of clean water and immunisations for disadvantaged children in the Mekong Delta. In Vietnam's central highlands Neil photographed Unicef's work with the ethnic minority communities, children who are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and other preventable symptoms. This series of photos resulted in a book and exhibition.

* For the past 18 months he has been shooting a personal project 'Bloody Chunks' about the Vietnamese underground metal scene, a small but dedicated hard core of individuals creating death / grindcore / brutal and raw black metal music for an equally spirited group of aficionados.

* He has just won 1st Prize in the PDN Music Moments Contest 2013 with a selection of these Vietnamese metal photos, which will be exhibited at the SXSW 2014 Film and Music Festival.

* Neil's 'Bloody Chunks series has also just been shortlisted for the Fotofilmic 2014 Global Film Photography publication and curation platform dedicated to photographers working with film as a medium.

McDonalds | Việt Nam

Vietnam’s first McDonald’s officially opened for business on the 8th February 2014. Amid thumping techno music and live performances, hundreds of people lined up from 8am to be the first to sample McDonald’s food. Located in District 1 this McDonald’s branch has a 24hr drive thru service uniquely catering for Vietnam’s motorbike culture. Over the opening weekend it was estimated that over 20 thousand customers passed through their doors. Henry Nguyen the Vietnamese American son-in-law of the Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is the developmental licensee for Vietnam. Harvard educated Henry flipped burgers when he was a student in the states and had always dreamed of opening a McDonald’s in his native country. CEO of McDonald’s Don Thompson flew in from Sochi – The Winter Olympics which McDonald’s were sponsoring to officially open the restaurant.

For most Vietnamese going to an international branded eatery like McDonald’s is an aspirational experience. The average salary in Vietnam is US$150, the Big Mac costs US$2.82 and the value meal is US$3.99. So for many this is a special treat to bring the family to a place like this. Last year Vietnam relaxed its investment restrictions, since then it has seen big brands like Burger King and Starbucks come into Vietnam.