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.

News

* October 2014 | "Bloody Chunks" solo photography show in 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. This series has also just been shortlisted for the Fotofilmic 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 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.

Bloody Chunks | Exhibition

The “Bloody Chunks” Exhibition is running from the 4th – 19th October 2014 at Antiques Street gallery in Le Cong Kieu Street, Saigon, Vietnam. All images you see here are the images from the exhibition, they are printed in London on Kodak C-Type “Metallic” finish and are for sale in a Limited Edition run of 2 sizes 22″ X 33″ Edition of 8 and 10″ X 14″ Edition of 15. For further information contact me direct at info@neilmasey.com

“Shot over a period of 2 years between 2012-2014, this series of photographs document the underground metal scene in Saigon. I was into punk bands like The Dead Kennedy’s, Peter and the Test Tube Babies & Fugazi when i was a teenager, the energy of this scene resonated with my early experiences at punk gigs. In keeping with the DIY spirit of these impromptu random gatherings it felt right to shoot it with B+W film. I hadn’t used B+W film for 12 years. It was really hard to find B+W processing chemicals in Vietnam, finally in the back room of a downtown photoshop in Saigon i found a kilo of powdered developer and some crystal fixer. I used some clear vinegar as stopbath and some old german medium format film. Now i had my home processing kit. The “Underground Metal Scene” seemed like the perfect marriage, to me it captured the raw, brutal energy of this music and the small hardcore group of people who love it”

 

For the bigger story see foto8 site below with slideshow and music from Wuu:

http://www.foto8.com/live/bloody-chunks-by-neil-massey/

This work was shortlisted for the FotoFilmic 2014 Global Film competition dedicated to the use of film as a photographic medium:

http://fotofilmic.com/ff14-features/