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"Photographs are monuments"

- Peter van Agtmael

b. 1981


Based in New York, USA


Available for commissions
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Peter was born in Washington DC. He studied history at Yale, graduating with honors in 2003. Since 2006 he has primarily covered the 9/11 Wars and their consequences, working extensively in Iraq, Afghanistan and the USA.

He has won the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, as well as awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Photo District News.

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

Peter joined Magnum in 2008 and became a full member in 2013.

Selected works


Disco Night Sept. 11

Peter van Agtmael

An extensive and intimate account of Peter van Agtmael's experiences at home and abroad during America's wars from 2006-2013

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Upcoming Workshop
Budapest, Hungary

Sharing Visions: A Masterclass on Contemporary Image Making in Budapest

Magnum Photographers
Dec 9 - 13

Past Exhibition
Biel, Switzerland

Women with Binoculars in Biel

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 2

Theory & Practice

Peter van Agtmael on Troublesome Labels and Transcendental Moments

Peter van Agtmael

Past Workshop
Central, Hong Kong

Finding an Authentic Voice in your Documentary Storytelling

Magnum Photographers
Jan 25 - 29

Past Exhibition

Magnum Photos at Paris Photo 2018

Magnum Photographers
Until Nov 11, 2018

Theme | 7 Stories

On Photobooks

Past Artist Talk
Paris, France

In Conversation in Paris: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS

Magnum Photographers
Jun 20 2018

Past Artist Talk
London, United Kingdom

Discussion: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS

Peter van Agtmael
Jun 18 2018

Arts & Culture

Ball Gowns and Bravery

Peter van Agtmael


The Magnum Digest: April 1, 2018

Magnum Photographers

Past Workshop
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Project Incubator in Amsterdam with Peter van Agtmael

Peter van Agtmael
Apr 10 - 12

Theme | 20 Stories

Photobooks of 2017

Theme | 18 Stories

Expert Photographic Advice from Magnum

Arts & Culture

Magnum’s Books of 2017


Fake News and Alternative Views: Documenting Contemporary America

Peter van Agtmael


Inside Guantanamo

Peter van Agtmael


Power Down: The Former Mining Towns of Illinois

Peter van Agtmael

Theme | 13 Stories

The War in Iraq

Past Square Print Sale


Magnum Photographers
Jun 5 - 9

Past Exhibition
New York, United States

Magnum: A Life in Photography

Until Jun 30, 2017