Peter van Agtmael

American/Dutch, b. 1981

Peter was born in Washington DC. He studied history at Yale, graduating with honors in 2003. After graduation, he received a Charles P. Howland grant to travel to China to document the social and environmental consequences of the Three Gorges Dam.

In 2005, he covered the Asian Tsunami, then relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa and photographed the AIDS epidemic by following the story of Holly Moyo, an HIV-positive Zimbabwean refugee. On assignment, he traveled throughout Africa.

In 2006, he traveled to Iraq twice, spending nearly half the year on embeds. In 2007 and 2008, he spent several months embedding in the remote American outposts of Eastern Afghanistan and working un-embedded in the north and Kabul. When not in Iraq and Afghanistan, van Agtmael photographed the war at home, following the recovery of wounded soldiers and the families of the fallen.

In 2008 he helped organize the book and exhibition Battlespace, a retrospective of largely unseen work of 22 photographers covering Iraq and Afghanistan.


2003       Yale University, BA History


2008       Critical Mass Book Award
2008       World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass
2008       Luminous Landscape Grant
2007       World Press Photo, 2nd Place General News Stories
2006       Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, 25 under 25:
              Up-and-Coming American Photographers
2003       Charles P. Howland Fellowship


2008       Periscopio, American Wars
2008       Randall Scott Gallery, Iraq Raids
2008       Gallery FCB, Battlespace: Unrealities of War
2007       World Press Photo, Iraq Raids
2006       Overload: Photographing the Iraq War