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

* Neil recently set up Sirius with Julia Massey which specialises in producing human interest short films.

* Towards the end of 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.

* For the past 18 months he has been shooting a personal project 'Bloody Chunks' about the Vietnamese underground metal scene, a small but dedicated hard core of individuals creating death / grindcore / brutal and raw black metal music for an equally spirited group of aficionados.

* He has just won 1st Prize in the PDN Music Moments Contest 2013 with a selection of these Vietnamese metal photos, which will be exhibited at the SXSW 2014 Film and Music Festival.

* Neil's 'Bloody Chunks series has also just been shortlisted for the Fotofilmic 2014 Global Film Photography publication and curation platform dedicated to photographers working with film as a medium.

Bloody Chunks

These B+W images are of part of an ongoing series of photographs documenting the underground metal scene here 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 reminded me of 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  has just been shortlisted for the FotoFilmic 2014 Global Film competition dedicated to the use of film as a photographic medium:

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