Neil Massey (b).1970
After studying photography at Bournemouth Art School, I spent the following 15 years in London working as an editorial photographer. I specialised in music and youth sub-cultures and identity has been a theme I have been exploring ever since. 'The Film Collection' (1999-2005) shows a selection of my work from this period.
In 2009 I moved to Vietnam where I lived for six years. I fell in love with Vietnamese culture and its people and 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; ‘Bloody Chunks’, ‘Monobloc’, ’Song’ and ‘Untitled’ which make up ‘The Vietnam Collection’ (2009-2015).
This collection shows four distinct sides to 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, exhibited under the radar of the authorities, 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 a new body of work entitled ‘Trace’ and 'Vietnam KIN' a collaborative and multi-media project.