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John Stanmeyer is an American-born photographer and Emmy nominated filmmaker who specializes in distilling complex issues that define our times, presenting them in poetic and understandable narratives.

Working in nearly 100 countries, John was a contract with Time for over ten years producing 18 covers for the magazine. Since 2004 Stanmeyer has worked almost exclusively for National Geographic magazine, produced more than 14 stories.


In 2001, he co-founded with six of the world’s leading photojournalists the VII Photo agency. By 2005 VII was listed in third position in American Photo’s “100 Most Important People in Photography.” VII now represents 18 of the world’s preeminent photojournalists whose careers span 35 years of world history.

January 2015, Stanmeyer became a VII Distinguished Member. The same month, John brought his ten years of stories with National Geographic to National Geographic Creative while his historic archive of 20+ years of visual history remains at VII.

He has received numerous awards in photography and film including named Magazine Photographer of the Year, the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award, many World Press and Picture of the Year awards and an Emmy nomination for the VII documentary film series, Starved for Attention. In 2014 Stanmeyer receives the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year Award for his photograph, Signal.

Stanmeyer’s photography is held in many private collections and has been exhibited worldwide including in the Louvre in Paris, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, International Center of Photography in NYC, the UN, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, and other venues. His books
include Island of the Spirits, a journalistic/anthropologic look at Balinese culture documented during the five years he lived on the island and numerous collaborative books with VII, most recently Questions Without Answers (Phaidon), was released in 2012, chronically the last 30 years of social conflict and change around the world.

In 2013, John opened Stanmeyer Gallery & Shaker Dam Coffeehouse in West Stockbridge, Mass, combining photography and education around his passion for brilliant coffee, wrapping the two around ethically procured, human rights-based direct trade coffee with the socials issues represented in his photographs.

Stanmeyer lives on a farm with this wife, three children, two dogs and many fireflies over summer in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.



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