Austin Meyer is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and photographer based in Oakland, California. He is a National Geographic Explorer whose work has been featured by HBO, Hulu, Apple TV, The New York Times, National Geographic, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and PBS among others. He has also worked with organizations such as The North Face, Stanford University, and USA for UNFPA.
Meyer graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. degree in creative writing and an M.A. degree in journalism. After graduation, he was selected as the winner of the New York Times’ International Reporting Trip with Nicholas Kristof competition. He has worked as a videographer at the Los Angeles Times and was awarded the inaugural IDEO climate storytelling fellowship. Meyer is a National Geographic Explorer and in 2018 received grant funding from the National Geographic Society to create a documentary film on infant and maternal healthcare in Zambia. That film was released by the United Nations Population Fund and Vox Media’s Seeker Indie film showcase.
Meyer’s self-defined purpose as a documentarian is to tell emotionally honest and vulnerable stories that change the way people walk through the world by inspiring curiosity, wonder, and empathy.