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John Stanmeyer  Us vs Them, Things That Divide Us, my latest story for @NatGeo in the April 2018 special issue on Race. #IDefineMe ~ Visit this link for the story:

Quiet moment along the otherwise unquiet Bund, a few days ago when I was in Shanghai, awash in fog.
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Old couple in Shanghai
The sweetest home of the sweetest couple, the entranceway to Liu Mingqiu and her husband, Gu Jiming, both 91 years old, living for 63 years in their welcoming Shanghai apartment, married an equal time. So calm, peaceful they were in this home, filled with contemplation.
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Terra-cotta warrior, chicken feet, fading red lantern, the anthropocene while walking this afternoon around Suzhou, China.
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She was the Princess of Breakfast in Shanghai, seated upon her wood throne, sheltered from the rain. I wandered in wetness around her neighborhood, enjoying the moist weather and the princesses welcoming on this second day in China.
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Tonight in Shanghai, don’t particularly know where, while we waited for a taxi after a rather long, pleasant first full day in China.
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Please join me over the next 16 days for a long awaited return to China. This will be my first visit since 2008, working on a beautiful project with @natgeolearning and @cengagelearning, photographing China however feeling for school text books. Education has always been the purpose of what we do as visual storyteller’s, and I’m rather happy, actually really elated, in imagining the photography on this visit may touch millions of young children. This is a bit more pressure than a regular @natgeo story!
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Caption - Ever present stare of Mao Zedong, gazing upon those walking in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. From the archive.
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Swipe Photo: More from my time traveling with @yulia_grigoryants across all of Uzbekistan, early last year for @natgeo. Remembering how Yul and I didn’t know where to do that afternoon in April, we sat, having coffee together (she had tea) and shared a slice of carrot cake. Our friend and guide, @aziz_khalmuradov, suggested we go to the commuter bus station. Pleased he did. We stood amongst the constant movement of passing lime-greenness, patiently waiting for the possibilities within the unfolding commuter bus traffic in Tashkent. It felt melancholic, also beautiful.
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The sky was in tears that late afternoon as we drove through Aghdam, a ghost town of ruins, spirits, in Nagorno-Karabakh. An outtake from my latest @natgeo story, Us vs Them, Things That Divide Us, from the April 2018 single topic issue on Race. Witnessing war is horrid, something I ask each of you never to experience, especially children. The scars of war linger deeper than moments of conflict, symbols of humanities weakness, an echo that often repeats the cycle, sending our sons and daughters off to war.
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Caption: The ruined city of Aghdam in Nagorno-Karabakh. Not that long ago Azeris coexisted peacefully with ethnic Armenian's in this bustling city near Stepanakert. The main conflict over Karabakh began in 1988, with a four day war in 2016, continuing with cross-border shootings at the NK border with Azerbaijan in this unrecognized republic. The present-day conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a 4,400 square kilometer region about the size of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, has its roots in the decisions made by Joseph Stalin and the Caucasian Bureau in the 1920’s.
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Beautiful Mother’s Day, Mother...

Feeling a bit like this noodle maker, in meditation tonight for this weeks return to China...
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Swipe Image - Returning this evening to the archive, to myself, in preparation in returning next week, to China...
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Today, everyone should feel a little Armenian... Nikol Pashinyan was elected the new Prime Minister. This morning begins a long journey, may it be filled with light. For all.
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