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

Bloody Chunks | Exhibition | Limited Edition

Limited Edition Prints available in an Edition of 8

Print Size | 30″ X 22″ & 14″ x 11″

Paper Type | Digital C-Type Kodak Endura Metallic

Printed in London, England

For price list contact | info@neilmassey.com

The “Bloody Chunks” Exhibition ran from the 4th – 19th October 2014 at Antiques Street gallery in Le Cong Kieu Street, Saigon, Vietnam.

“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/

A selection of images from this body of work won 1st prize in PDN Magazines 2014 Music Moments Contest and was shortlisted for the FotoFilmic 2014 Global Film competition – dedicated to the use of film as a photographic medium:

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