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Documenting War: Peter van Agtmael in Conversation with Philip Gourevitch
October 11, 2013
by Peter van Agtmael
Since 2006, photographer Peter van Agtmael has documented the consequences, at home and abroad, of America’s wars, earning him distinctions such as the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographers, a FOAM Talent selection, and a Pulitzer Center Grant. His work has been featured in publications such as TIME, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, and the BBC. In 2012, he was the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. Join van Agtmael at Aperture in conversation with award-winning author, editor, and journalist Philip Gourevitch for a talk about his experiences shooting in the field, his recent work, and his proposal for the Smith Grant.
This talk is part of the W. Eugene Smith Talks, a series of collaborations between the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and the Aperture Foundation celebrating the legacy of W. Eugene Smith today.
Peter van Agtmael (born in Washington D.C., 1981) graduated from Yale University in 2003 with a degree in History. Following graduation, he spent a year in China on the Charles P. Howland fellowship photographing the effects of the Three Gorges Dam. He became a freelance photographer at the end of 2004. A monograph of his work, 2nd Tour Hope I Don’t Die, was published in 2009. In 2008, he helped organize the exhibition and book Battlespace, a retrospective of unseen work from twenty-two photographers covering Iraq and Afghanistan. He is represented by Magnum Photos.
W. Eugene Smith was a photographic essayist who is remembered for his concerned photography and the dedicated compassion he exhibited during his forty-five-year career. The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows that tradition. The grant was established in 1978. This year’s recipient will be announced on Wednesday, October 16, at a ceremony at the SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, New York. Admission is free.