24th February 2020

Fleur and Arbor

My Essex Girls portrait project is featured on the wonderful Fleur and Arbor website this week - an online space that showcases creativity in all its forms. Many thanks to Jasmine for inviting me to show my work.


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

Publikum

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

Togspace

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

Trawler

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.



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