Biography

I am British photographer currently based in London. I recently returned from Saigon, Vietnam where i lived and worked on long-term photographic projects. A communist country still defined by "The Vietnam War' I was interested in cutting through the veneer and showing Modern Vietnam - in all its raw, unadulterated beauty. My work is more of a response to the world around me from the dramatic to the banal. Before living in Asia i lived in London, where i worked as a editorial photographer specialising in music and youth sub-cultures. A recurring theme and subject which i have been revisiting ever since.

Press + Links

* November 2015 | Bloody Chunks Series featured in i-D / VICE

i-D / VICE

* May 2015 | My Music and Youth Culture body of work is featured by

HYPEBEAST

* March 2015 | I become contributor

@EVERYDAYVIETNAM

Exhibition & Awards

* December 2015 | Group Photography Show "Lost in Music" with PYMCA & Printpspace at The Village Underground Club, London.

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

* January 2014 | "Bloody Chunks" wins 1st Prize in the NY Magazine - PDN Music Moments Contest with a selection of photographs from a personal project 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 | I 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 me direct at

info@neilmassey.com

Việt Nam | McDonalds Land

 

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 monthly 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.