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 revisiting ever since. Whilst living in Vietnam, he has been working on long-term photographic projects. Neil is “interested in cutting through the veneer and showing Modern Vietnam - in all its raw, unadulterated beauty”, focusing on the country's young demographic and the effects of the Vietnam's rapid growth on its people and environment.

News

* May 2015 | Neil's Music and Youth Culture body of work is featured by

Hypebeast

* March 2015 | Neil becomes contributor

@everydayvietnam

Exhibition & Awards

* October 2014 | "Bloody Chunks" Solo Photography Show at Antiques Street Gallery, Saigon, Vietnam.

* January 2014 | Neil wins 1st Prize in the NY Magazine - PDN Music Moments Contest with a selection of photographs from a personal project 'Bloody Chunks' about the Vietnamese underground metal scene, about a small but dedicated hard core of individuals creating death / grindcore / brutal and raw black metal music for an equally spirited group of aficionados.

* July 2014 | Bloody Chunks is shortlisted for the Fotofilmic (Canada) 2014 Global competition. Fotofilmic is a film photography publication and curation platform dedicated to photographers working with film as a medium.

* December 2013 | Neil embarked on a long-term 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 at Unicef's Zero Awards Gala Dinner in Saigon, Vietnam.

Limited Edition Prints

For further information contact Neil's studio direct at

info@neilmassey.com

McDonalds Land In Việt Nam | Project

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 ability to eat at a McDonald’s or KFC is a status symbol. The average salary in Vietnam is US$150, the Big Mac costs US$2.82 and the value meal is US$3.99. Last year Vietnam relaxed its investment restrictions, since then it has seen big brands like Burger King and Starbucks come into Vietnam.

Obesity rates are ballooning in Vietnam’s big cities as malnourishment persists in the provinces. According to Professor Le Thi Hop from the National Nutrition Institute “Vietnam is one of 20 countries reporting the highest proportion of underweight children in the world. Meanwhile, about 1.2 million children here suffer from obesity,” According to a study released at the conference, the number of obese children under five in HCMC has increased three-fold over the past decade from 3.7 percent in 2000 to 11.5 percent in 2013.

Dr Huynh Hanh of the University of British Columbia said the opening of fastfood chains in Vietnam is another major cause of obesity in Vietnam. According to Hanh, urban areas have been strongly influenced by nutritional transitions caused by a rise in the consumption of ultra-processed food products like burgers, soft drinks and simultaneous a drop in the consumption of fruits,vegetables and milk.