Hardman Lecture Series
This lecture series presents in-depth discussions with some of the leading journalists of our time and is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment.
2015 Hardman Journalists-in-Residence
National Geographic Photojournalist
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Auditorium (Room 121)
Free and Open to the Public
Editor, Berkshire Magazine
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 11a.m.
MCLA Murdock Hall, Sammer Dennis Room (218)
Free and Open to the Public
John Stanmeyer is a photojournalist and humanist dedicated to social and political issues that
define our times.
Over the last decade, John has worked nearly exclusively with National Geographic magazine,
producing over 12 stories for the magazine and resulting in 10 covers. Between 1998 and 2008,
John was a contract photographer for Time magazine, during which time he photographed the war
in Afghanistan, the fight for independence in East Timor, the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, and
other significant world news events. His years with Time resulted in 18 covers of the magazine.
In 2001, he cofound 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 20 of the world’s preeminent photojournalists whose careers span 35 years of
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 is the recipient of numerous honors, including the prestigious Robert Capa award (Overseas
Press Club), Magazine Photographer of the Year (POYi), and numerous World Press, Picture of
the Year and NPPA awards. In 2008, his National Geographic cover story on global malaria received
the National Magazine Award. In 2012 was nominated for an Emmy with the VII documentary
film series, Starved for Attention and in 2014 was the recipient of the World Press Photo award for
his photograph from Djibouti titled, Signal.
John has published a number of books including Island of the Spirits, a journalistic/anthropologic
look at Balinese culture documented during the five years he lived on the island. His latest book, a
VII Photo Agency collaboration titled 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.
Anastasia Stanmeyer has been a journalist for more than 25 years. She became editor of Berkshire Magazine in April 2012, while it was still in its planning stages. The first issue hit newsstands that July. She works closely with a number of freelance writers and photographers in putting together this magazine, which is published eight time a year—monthly from May to October, and a Winter and Spring issue. Stanmeyer writes for the publication regularly, along with guiding the entire editorial content. She also is the voice of Berkshire Magazine's social media content.
Stanmeyer has led a number of youth and adult writing workshops in the Berkshire community and has held panel discussions related to articles in Berkshire Magazine. She is a member of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, the Otis Cultural Council, and is active throughout the county. Before coming to the Berkshires, she spent 12 years (1996-2008) living in Hong Kong and Indonesia, writing and editing for such publications as Time, Asiaweek, Newsweek and Stern magazines. She also has contributed to various daily newspapers, including the Dallas Morning News, Christian Science Monitor and San Francisco Chronicle. Early in her career, she was a writer with the Tallahassee Democrat and Tampa Tribune, both in Florida. While at the Tribune, she wrote extensively about the Haitian refugee crisis and traveled to Haiti and Guantanamo Bay. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
One of Stanmeyer’s projects while in Hong Kong and Indonesia was a multi-year investigation on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its spread across all of Asia, reporting and writing from more than 10 countries in the region. She also produced in-depth reporting on refugees in various parts of the region. During her travels to India and throughout Africa in the early 1990s, she met and wrote about the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa, and reported on the civil war and famine in South Sudan. Stanmeyer authored the introduction to the Island of the Spirits, a five-year anthropologic photo/art book on Balinese spirituality. In mid-2008, Stanmeyer moved to the Berkshires with her husband, John, where they own a 40-acre former horse/cattle farm in West Otis, Mass., and live with their three children, ages 7, 11, and 15, and two dogs.