"Photographs are monuments"

- Peter van Agtmael

b. 1981

American/Dutch

Based in New York, USA

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Available for commissions
& assignments

Peter van Agtmael is known for his deeply affecting, sometimes surreal images, which explore themes of conflict, history, memory, nationalism, militarism, race and class. He has spent more than ten years covering America’s wars from both sides and countless angles, from embedding with military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to covering the civilian cost of the wars. He has also extensively documented the Israel/Palestine conflict.

Van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. He was aged 20 and studying history at Yale when during 9/11; an event that would be pivotal in shaping his career. Shortly after graduating, he began documenting America’s conflicts, which continue to be the anchor of his work.

Along with his ongoing personal projects, Van Agtmael has photographed for many leading publications including The New York Times Magazine, where he has had multiple front covers. His work is held at International Center of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Deutsche Börse, Photography Foundation and Yale University Art Gallery.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, a Magnum Foundation Grant as well as awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, POYi, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, FOAM and Photo District News.

Van Agtmael joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a full member in 2013.

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Selected works

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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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From the Magnum Shop

Most Recent

Theme | 8 Stories

Afghanistan

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Sorry For the War

Peter van Agtmael

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Peter van Agtmael on Witnessing the Storming of the US Capitol

Peter van Agtmael

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The Magnum Digest: January 1, 2021

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Photography, Trump, the Manipulation of Public Sentiment, and the Phantasmagoria of Politics

Magnum Photographers

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Quarantine Conversations: Peter van Agtmael and Lorenzo Meloni

Magnum Photographers

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Quarantine Conversations: Carolyn Drake & Peter van Agtmael

Magnum Photographers

Theme | 18 Stories

Quarantine Conversations

Theme | 31 Stories

Magnum Photos on COVID-19

Theme | 36 Stories

New York: Photographing the City

Past Exhibition
Budapest, Hungary

Sharing Visions: Pop-up Exhibition & Talk

Magnum Photographers
Until Dec 13, 2019

Past Artist Talk
Budapest, Hungary

Sharing Visions: Bieke Depoorter and Peter van Agtmael Artist Talk

Magnum Photographers
Dec 9 2019

Past 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, 2019

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
Paris,

Magnum Photos at Paris Photo 2018

Magnum Photographers
Until Nov 11, 2018

Theme | 11 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
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