Photography Storytelling

John Stanmeyer

Throughout the 7-day storytelling workshop, John Stanmeyer will collaborate closely with each photographer as they work on their individual stories, most specifically in the storytelling and editing processes. At times, John will try to go out with photographers, however, experience shows that having another photographer around you while working only alters, affects the situations each photographer works in. Keep in mind that this is not a “Follow the flag, now take a picture of this!” type workshop. John’s workshops are all about individual, in-depth storytelling where each photographer not only will learn how to expand their photography, you will learn how to expand your thinking and awareness of the world around you. In every workshop John has hosted, each photographer leaves affected, expanded — these are almost therapy photo sessions of enlightenment.

Editing of photography happens each day at the workshop venue. This is done both individually and in groups, making it a fascinating learning experience for all when witnessing how each photographer’s images evolve throughout the course of the workshop, into a completed story.

During most evenings of the workshop, John will present stories he has produced from over twenty years of photographing for the world’s leading publications, such as National Geographic and Time magazine. Stanmeyer will bring each photographer into his planning, research, and psyche of creating more than 14 stories for National Geographic.

On the evening of the 17th of September, each photographer will project their completed work to all attending the workshop, as well as invited guests. Photographers will present and discuss the unique aspects of each story in the exact same manner as a completed story for National Geographic magazine is presented upon completion to editors. This evening event is truly something magical and amazing, with each photographer learning something new not only about their own work but also the work of their colleagues.

Photography Storytelling
  • 7-day Workshop
  • Limited to 15 students
  • 11-17 September 2017
  • Secure payment through PayPal
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Those photographers who are already familiar with their cameras, and understand aperture, shutter, ISO and how these work together to create a correct exposure.
Photographers who already shoot in Manual modes and can use the features of your digital camera with confidence.

Each photographer needs to bring their own laptop, know how to work with Adobe Lightroom and have external storage to store their images each day.

Terms & Conditions:

  • All Workshops will be run in Porto, Portugal, within easy access from the town centre. We will contact the workshop participants via email with the precise time and location during the week before the Workshops take place.
  • Please note that you are responsible for your own travel arrangements, hotel fees, etc.
  • Please also note that you are responsible for your safety and the safety of your own equipment during the Workshops.

Cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel your Workshop booking up to 30 days before the starting date of the PPF, you will be issued a 70% refund.
  • If you cancel your Workshop booking within 30 days of the starting date of the PPF, no refunds will be issued.
  • If under unforeseen circumstances the PPF needs to cancel the Workshop, your tickets — and only the tickets — will be refunded in full. Your travel expenses, hotels, etc, are not covered under our cancellation policy.

By booking your ticket you agree to these conditions.

About the Instructor

John Stanmeyer by Rob Becker

John Stanmeyer is a humanist, photojournalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and field recordist 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 14 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 hundreds of stories for the magazine including 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 January 2015, Stanmeyer joined National Geographic Creative, bringing his ten years of stories with National Geographic to the Society for representation.

Prior to joining National Geographic Creative, in 2001, he co-found 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.” He remains a Distinguished Member and Emeritus with his historic archive of war and conflict at VII.

He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the prestigious Robert Capa award (Overseas Press Club), POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year (three times), 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 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.

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.

A lecturer and educator, Stanmeyer lives on a farm with many fireflies over summer, blanketed quietly in deep snow for pondering walks in winter, in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

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