13th January 2020

Photo Scratch

I'm really excited to be showing some work-in-progress at Photo Scratch #25, at the Hotel Elephant Workspace in south east London on 27th January. The night is free to attend but booking is required, here, so please come along if you can and support this valuable initiative. The other photographers seeking feedback are Glauco Canalis, Taryn Ferguson, Felix Hall Close, Kevin Percival, Gin Rimmington Jones and Betty Zapata.

"A night for new ideas, Photo Scratch is an opportunity for documentary photographers to understand how their work is perceived and gain valuable insight into how to take their work further with the benefit of other people’s outside eye. For spectators this is an opportunity to preview projects, offer feedback, and engage in conversations about photography."

8th December 2019

BBC News

Thrilled that my Essex Girls portrait project is today featured on the BBC News website, here. Many thanks to journalist Laurence Cawley for interviewing me, and of course to all the 'girls' who have participated in the project so far.

29th November 2019

Essex Girls

Earlier this year I started working on a new portrait project which seeks to challenge the pejorative, stereotypical portrayal of 'Essex Girls' - a mixture of gender, geographical and class bias. As father to two young daughters, I wonder whether this stereotype will persist into their adulthood. I'm also really keen to show the diversity of Essex (age, abilities, ethnicity, location etc) so invite anyone interested to get in touch with me via markjmassey@gmail.com. The work-in-progress can be seen here.

16th September 2019

Design and art direction

This website has always been a platform for my personal photography. However, for the past 20 years my day job has been as art editor / magazine designer for Which? Computing, a UK subscription-only publication. Earlier this month my role was made redundant so I've taken the opportunity of adding some galleries showing my design work and art direction - the link is here (or click on these individual screengrabs for direct gallery links). I am available now for immediate work in the London or Essex areas - full or part time, freelance, temporary or contract.

1st July 2019


I've been interviewed about my Essex Chronicles project for Publikum, a new website based locally to me in Southend. Many thanks to founder Jack for inviting me -  always good to see new photography platforms.

7th May 2019


My Essex Chronicles project has been highlighted this week on Togspace - a brand new UK based photography journal focused on showing the work of both established and emerging UK photographers. Many thanks to the editor Christopher for inviting me to be featured.

8th February 2019

Francesca Maffeo Gallery / Studio 284

Over the past couple of years we've been lucky enough to have the Francesca Maffeo Gallery / Studio 284 in the Southend area. Francesca hosts regular photographic exhibitions, talks, workshops and social events - in the past you'd have to venture up to the bright lights of London for that sort of thing. These images, all shot on medium format film, are from a 'Film's Not Dead' workshop I took part in there a couple of weeks ago. Check their website for forthcoming events.

30th November 2018

58th Essex Open

I have three prints from my 'Essex Chronicles' series on display at the 58th Essex Open, at the Beecroft Gallery in Southend, until 16th February 2019. All genres of art, many with a local focus, and selected this year by sculptor John Doubleday - 165 artworks on show from a submission of over 500. Please support your local museums and arts by paying a visit.

28th November 2018

Portrait Salon 2018

I’m very excited to be one of the 52 photographers chosen for the 2018 Portrait Salon. All portraits selected were shown last night at a projected exhibition at Peckham Levels in south London, and are now live on the website.

This year a special playing-card style publication was produced - featuring all the portraits - designed by Stanley James Press, and available from the Portrait Salon store.

Thank you to everyone who voted for my image, to the Stock family for posing for me, and to the founders / organisers Carole Evans and James O Jenkins.

25th November 2018


The fabulous Ray Morgan has written some poems inspired by some of my local portraits, published together this week in the winter issue of the Trawler paper. Storyteller Robert Fowles also contributes. Grab a copy now from your local indie coffee shop, store, community centre, gallery etc in the Leigh-on-Sea area! Trawler is a free Made In Leigh publication put together by local creatives, with a focus on local issues and the arts.

2nd October 2018

Then There Was Us

Essex Chronicles is featured this week on the Then There Was Us online platform. TTWU seeks to work alongside communities and collectives, galleries and institutions, and to create a network of collaboration in the genre of documentation and journalism in its many forms.

Check it out here.

26th September 2018

The Thames Estuary Library

I'm really excited to be part of this new online resource, a labour of love by curator Timo Keller. As he says, the library "aims to chart responses to the estuary as a landscape, and as a cultural and historical phenomenon – a repository of sorts".

Please have a look at the website, which covers photography, film, books, audio and other arts - all related to the Thames estuary.

21st September 2018

Portrait Salon

"Portrait Salon exists to question the place of competitions within the photographic industry, and their role in determining current trends. By accepting submissions which have been rejected from both Taylor Wessing and Portrait of Britain, the intention is to show that there is top quality photography which is not getting the exposure it deserves".

This year the Portrait Salon selection is going to a public vote. I have six images in the running, so please visit the site, have a good look through, and vote for your favourites (such as mine ;-)).

23rd August 2018

Print On Paper

Print On Paper, as the name suggests, print a variety of newsprints, zines and posters, including my recent Essex Chronicles tabloid. They have kindly featured my work on their blog, so please take a look, here.

I've actually just sold out my initial print run of 50 copies, so have some more on the way!

22nd August 2018

Caught by the River

I'm delighted that the wonderful Caught by the River website has invited me to contribute my Essex Chronicles project to their blog. You can read about it here - and check out the rest of the site for lots of river-related creative writing, sounds and visuals.

18th August 2018

Photo Forum

Photo Forum is an independent group that organises free photography talks and a chance for photographers to come together to discuss new work and ideas. Usually focused on storytelling and documentary, it's a fantastic resource for anyone with an interest in photography. I've been a regular over the past few years and have learnt so much, and discovered so many wonderful photographers. If you are ever in London on the second Tuesday of the month I would urge you to get down to the Printspace to hear one of the talks.

This week's event was a new format, with the talks "open to the floor" to six speakers, given 10 minutes each. This enabled me to show some of my work from my 'Essex Chronicles' project - such a great way to gather feedback and direction.

24th July 2018

Wander By Mistake

So pleased to have been invited to contribute my Essex Chronicles project to the Wander By Mistake site, a travel + food + photography blog dedicated to breaking down clichés.

"Often a subject of cheap jokes and the epitome of class divide, Essex offers a deep insight into the British way of life [...] all the hallmarks of vulgarity but mixed with the mesmerizingly mundane to create the perfect landscape for documentary photographers".

20th July 2018

Creative Boom

My Essex Chronicles series has been featured on the 'Inspiration' section of Creative Boom this week - CB is a online magazine that celebrates, inspires and supports the creative community, and definitely worth checking out.

14th July 2018


An edit of my Essex Chronicles project is now available as a tabloid newsprint publication, for £5 (plus £1.90 UK postage).

Featuring 39 images across 28 pages.

If you're interested in buying a copy, please email me at markjmassey@gmail.com, or use the store.

8th April 2018

Lens Think

Really happy to have my 'Essex Chronicles' dummy newsprint included in the Lens Think Yorkshire / Print Stuff collaboration, running from 6th to 27th April at Kiosk Project Space in York. They have created a reading room of photography publications - lots of photo books, zines, newsprints etc to pore over, so get down there if you can! Big thanks to Joanne Coates.

16th March 2018

Ley of the Land

I have a couple of prints at Ley Of The Land, an exhibition of seascapes and landscapes at Leigh-on-Sea Community Centre, until 6th April. Ley is an old Saxon term for Leigh and its surrounding areas; the exhibition is part of year long Leigh Art Trail residency and comprises various genres of art.

14th March 2018

Fishing Quarter Gallery

The Fishing Quarter Gallery is an exhibition space on Brighton seafront, managed and curated by Chloe Juno. Recently she has been using their Instagram feed to look at photographers documenting Britain's coastal towns, cities, villages and land. My 'Essex Chronicles' project is number 4 in the series, so please take a look and give them a follow.

8th March 2018

Halo Magazine

This week I've had some work featured on Halo Magazine - a new contemporary photography magazine set up and run by John Irvine. It would be great if you could support this new venture by following Halo on Instagram or Twitter

12th February 2018

Another Place

I'm really chuffed to have had a few images from 'Essex Chronicles' published on the well regarded Another Place Magazine website this week. The site showcases contemporary photography, and covers themes which include land, place, journey, city and environment. Many thanks to Iain Sarjeant, creator and editor of AP, for showing the work.

There's also some images on the Another Place magazine Instagram.

24th January 2018

Essex Chronicles newsprint

Recently I've been busy making a 28-page dummy newsprint publication, printed by Newspaper Club. I'm art editor of a magazine by profession so was able to design it myself. I only printed 10 copies but am very pleased with the results so am planning a longer print run in the near future.

8th January 2018


Very happy to see a couple of my images on the British Journal of Photography website this week.

17th December 2017

Street photography

Over the past few years I've tried to concentrate on self-contained projects but when I started out, like a lot of people I gained experience and confidence from practising street photography. Sometimes these were standalone images although usually I tried to work towards pairs (or groups). I've not listed this in the main menu, but there's a gallery of approx 40 images here, mostly from between approx 2008 and 2013.

5th December 2017

Roots Hall

Earlier this year I started a project about Roots Hall, home of my local football team, Southend United, since 1955. It's one of those old stadiums that's definitely fraying around the edges and is neatly tucked in amongst rows of houses and suburban streets. In the 1990s a move to a new out-of-town stadium was proposed and the plans have rumbled on ever since. It now seems likely that building work will finally begin in the next year or two, so I'm documenting the old ground (and the team's supporters) before it's bulldozed. There are good reasons for moving, not least financial ones and the need for better facilities such as disabled access; but to me it's part of the local community, with a real character of its own, and it will be sad to see it relocate to an identikit stadium surrounded by fields.

This is a work-in-progress that will probably continue for a season or two.

28th July 2017

Made In Essex

I now have a few prints for sale over at the Made In Essex store.

9th July 2017

Village Green

This weekend I tried my hand at some band photography (something new to me), as part of the official photography team at the Village Green festival in Essex. The event is run by Metal, a local arts charity funded by the local borough council and Arts Council England.

Kate Nash


Primo Nelson

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly

10th June 2017

Leigh Art Trail

All this week (10th-17th June) I’m exhibiting work from my Essex Chronicles project at the Book Inn / Cake Bar in Leigh-on-Sea, as part of the 20th anniversary of the Leigh Art Trail. Comprising over 80 artists at 52 venues across the town, it’s run by a non-profit community organisation showcasing the work of local Essex artists of all genres.

Leigh Art Trail

Venue details: Venue 43, The Book Inn, 49 Broadway West, SS9 2BX.

May 2017

Bud To Bloom

One of my portraits is published in the spring issue of Trawler magazine, available now.

9th May 2017

The Story Portrait

I'm really happy to have been invited by Margaret Mitchell to feature on her Story Portrait website this week. The idea is that featured photographers pick their favourite portrait and tell the story behind it, and I've chosen this image from my ongoing Essex Chronicles series.

March 2017


I have a few images featured on Loupe magazine's Instagram this week.

12th January 2107


I've published a short piece about Essex Chronicles on Medium.

25th September 2016


Some of my portraits from this summer’s Village Green festival are published this week in the latest copy of community newspaper Trawler - you can pick up a free copy in cafés / libraries etc around the Leigh-on-Sea / Southend area. Trawler is a crowdsourced Made In Leigh publication put together by local creatives, with a focus on local issues and the arts.

9th September 2016

Essex Chronicles

Earlier this year I started on a new series documenting the Essex estuary where I grew up. I hope it will be a long-term project and I intend to show how the coastline interacts with the local population, architecture, industry, leisure and nature that sits along it.

Traditional landscapes or seascapes are not really my thing, so I’m using my eye to come up with my own interpretation. My preferred way of working is to go out early in the mornings when it’s quieter and the light is softer.

The current edit is here, and more frequent images are posted to my Instagram

22nd June 2016


I set up my free 'pop-up portrait studio' at the Village Green festival in Southend again a couple of weeks ago. This is the second year I've done it and I came away with a nice little gallery of portraits. It was a fun day and to top it all there was a great set by Billy Bragg in the evening.

17th April 2016

Sea Swimming

This week I have some images published in issue 2 of Trawler, a community-generated tabloid newsprint paper. It's produced by a collective of writers, designers, photographers and other creatives based in and around Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, and published by Made In Leigh

My images are part of a collaboration with writer Paige Ockendon, for a story about Southend's Open Swimming Group who brave all weathers to swim in the Thames estuary. Paige has posted a great video of the swimmers here.

Trawler can be found in local cafés and businesses around the Southend area.

20th November 2015

Portrait Salon

I am excited to have a portrait (of my daughter) on display at this year's Portrait Salon. Now in its 5th year, Portrait Salon aims to showcase the best of the rejected images from the Taylor Wessing Prize, which is organised annually by the National Portrait Gallery.

If you are in between London 19th and 22nd November, please pop in and have a look! You can vote for your favourite 3 portraits on display, and there's also this very clever sticker book available so you can curate your own catalogue from all the portraits exhibited. It's at the Embassy Tea Gallery, Union Street SE1 0LN (near Southwark station).

29th June 2015

Pop-up Portrait Studio

A couple of weeks ago I set up a free portrait 'studio' at my local music and arts festival, Village Green, at Chalkwell Park in Southend, Essex. I'd never done anything like this before but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a long day but I picked up a lot of ideas for making it work better for me next time. There's a gallery of my favourite images here

19th June 2015

Family Portraits

I'm used to photographing my own two daughters but recently I've found myself shooting a few portraits of other families. So please bear me in mind if you know anyone in the south east Essex area that might be interested in a commission - I can be contacted at markjmassey@gmail.com

Featured Online

Street Annotations on Despite The Illusion.

Surveillance on The Printspace blog.

Death of the City on Londonist. Also featured on Londonist Behind The Lens.

Street photography on The Art of Creative Photography.

30th November 2014

The Swap

This week I'm featured on The Swap, an ongoing project curated by Stuart Pilkington. The idea is simply to team up with another photographer, and take portraits of each other - being as simple or as elaborate, as literal or as abstract as you like.

My 'swap' is Kirsty Mackay, a portrait and documentary photographer from Bristol. We didn't know each other but I approached her because I was a fan of her work - happily she was keen to participate and we met up in August. We agreed not to show each other our portraits until they went 'live' on the website. There's more background information here.

This is actually the second time I've contributed to the project. In late 2013 I 'swapped' with Richard Stern, whom I’d met a couple of times via Photo-Forum in London. As Richard is a street photographer I chose to portray him in his ‘natural environment’, on the street. For the return portrait, Richard photographed me in a camera store.

In the past I've also contributed to another of Stuart's projects, Book Film Painting. Over 100 photographers took part, and each submitted an image inspired by either a book, a film, or a painting. My submission was inspired by the book 'Sense and Sensibility', by Jane Austen. I contacted Sam and Sarah, self-confessed Austen fans from Rochester, Kent, after reading an article about Austen enthusiasts in one of the Sunday supplements, and they agreed to be photographed for the project.

7th November 2014

Street Portraits

Some random street portraits, from an Owen Harvey workshop I participated in this week, organised by arts charity IdeasTap. We spent the morning on studio portraits and the afternoon on street portraits. I asked lots of strangers to pose - half said ‘yes’ and half said ‘no’, so it was an interesting exercise.


Some of the past exhibitions I've been involved in:

June 2017: Leigh Art Trail, Essex
November 2015: Portrait Salon, London
April 2014: Photocopy Club, Berlin
May 2011: Westcliff Art Trail, Essex 
June/July 2010: Harry’s Bar, Westcliff-on-Sea
May 2010: Westcliff Art Trail, Essex
July 2009: Sunny 16, Tunbridge Wells, Kent


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