Neil Massey (b).1970
After studying photography at Bournemouth Art School, I spent the following 15 years based in London working as an editorial photographer. During this time, I travelled extensively, commissioned to photograph musicians and youth sub-culture. Identity a theme I have been exploring ever since. 'The Film Collection' (1999-2005) reflects my work from this period.
In 2009 my wife and I moved to Vietnam where we lived for six years. We fell in love with Vietnamese culture and its people, we witnessed a communist country embracing capitalism and undergoing rapid economic and cultural development. This provided the backdrop to a series of long-term photographic projects; ‘Untitled', 'Bloody Chunks', 'Song', and 'Monobloc' which make up ‘The Vietnam Collection’ (2009-2015). This collection offers four slices of Vietnamese life, in all its raw unadulterated beauty.
In 2014 and 2016 I won the New York PDN Award for ‘Bloody Chunks’ (Vietnam) and ‘Wizkid Fans’ (Togo). I've had two solo shows with ‘Bloody Chunks’; the first in October 2014 in Saigon, the second in Shoreditch, London in February 2016.
What I try to achieve with my work, is to capture a feeling, a spirit. My work is more of an instinctive reaction and intuitive response to any given time, place or person.
I'm currently based in London, where Im working on two new bodies of work, entitled ‘Trace’ (Photography) and 'Vietnam KIN' (Collaborative, Multi-Media Project).