John Stanmeyer is an America-born photographer and Emmy-nominated filmmaker who specializes in distilling complex issues that define our times, presenting them in poetic and understandable narratives.
John was on contract with TIME magazine for over ten years, producing 18 covers. Since 2004, he has produced over 14 stories for National Geographic Magazine.
Stanmeyer is a writer, lecturer, educator and an avid field recordist with more than 20 years of experience recording traditional music, historical events and soundscapes in over 100 countries. He has received numerous awards in photography, including Magazine Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International, and the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award. In 2013, he received the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year Award. After more than 12 years living in Asia. Stanmeyer returned to the United States in 2008.
When not on the road, he lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.
A Syrian refugee who married and started a family in Nizip. 1 refugee camp grooms the oasis he has created. Currently over 11,000 Syrians live here.
With their homes in Ayn al Arab, Syria, under attack, ethnic Kurds push toward a barbed wire fence at the Turkish border.
Only a puddle remains along a dried up portion of the Awash River as pastoralists herd their camels back to their villages.