Neil Massey (b).1970
After studying photography at Bournemouth Art School, I went on to work as an editorial photographer for the following fifteen years, based in London. Specialising in music and youth sub-cultures – Identity a theme I have been exploring ever since. Selected works from this period images make up 'The Film Collection' (1999-2005).
In 2009 I moved to Vietnam where i lived for the next six years. I fell in love with Vietnamese culture and its people. A communist country embracing capitalism, a dynamic country undergoing rapid economic and cultural development. This provided the backdrop to a series of long-term photographic projects - ‘Bloody Chunks’, ‘Monobloc’, ’Song’ and ‘Untitled’ which make up ‘The Vietnam Collection’ (2009-2015). The 'Vietnam Collection' made up of four parts, showing Vietnamese life, in all its raw unadulterated beauty.
In 2014 and 2016 I won the New York PDN Award for my work entitled ‘Bloody Chunks’ (Vietnam) and ‘Wizkid Fans’ (Togo). I've had two solo shows with ‘Bloody Chunks’. The first in October 2014 in Saigon, exhibited under the radar of the authorities. The second in Shoreditch, London in February 2016.
At the heart of what i try to achieve with my work, is to capture a feeling. 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 a new body of work entitled ‘Trace’ and 'Vietnam KIN' a collaborative and multi-media project.