John Stanmeyer is a co-founding member of VII, is a contract photographer with Time Magazine since 1998, and works regularly on assignment with National Geographic magazine.

Although born in the United States, the 43-year-old has spent more than 10 years focusing on Asian issues. For seven years, he has been working on a book about the AIDS epidemic throughout Asia, as well as continuing his photographic documentation on the radical changes in Indonesia since 1997. He has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Robert Capa, Magazine Photographer of the Year, as well as World Press and Picture of the Year awards.