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 | Bloody Chunks ~ The Underground Metal Scene

* WINNER * of New York City PDN (Photo District News) 2014 Music Moments Awards

Featured in i-D / VICE  Link

Featured in Foto8 Link

Sixty percent of the population in Vietnam today is under 30, most living with their parents until marriage. Pressure to conform comes from all sides; the Communist Government, state run media and the family unit itself. For the young, private moments are shared in public spaces; crowded coffee shops, bridges and parks. Access to the internet and satellite T.V. has given the young a taste of life from outside these borders. For a small minority, the underground metal scene provides a welcomed means of escape.

Trung, of grindcore band ‘Wuu’ and founder of Vietnam’s first and only metal label, Bloody Chunks Records, explains; “Vietnamese people are still afraid of this kind of music. Black, death, brutal, grind core is still something that can’t be understood by them. Just a small community with 100 to 200 people in Saigon know it well and enjoy the gigs. In ‘99 I came across the band Cannibal Corpse and was really attracted by them. Everything was so gory and violent at the time. When I saw them on a live DVD around 2001 I said, “Wow, this is fucking cool, I wanna be like them in the future.”

“This series of photographs documents 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”

 

Limited Edition Prints Available on selected images

Print Size | 30″ X 22″ Limited Edition of 8

Print Size | 33″ X 47″ (A0) Special Edition of 3

Paper Type | Digital C-Type Kodak Endura Metallic

Printed in London, England

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