Peter van Agtmael


Peter van Agtmael graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's in history in 2003.

Since 2006, his work has largely concentrated on the United States and the post-9/11 wars.

He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the W. Eugene Smith Grant, an ICP Infinity Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, the Lumix Freelens Award, several Pulitzer Center grants, a Magnum Foundation Fellowship, as well as multiple awards from World Press Photo.

His first book, Disco Night Sept 11, on the U.S. at war in the post-9/11 era, was shortlisted for the 2014 Aperture/Paris Photo Book Award and was named a "Book of the Year" by The New York Times Magazine, Time, Mother Jones, and Vogue.

His second book, Buzzing at the Sill, about the U.S. in the shadow of the wars, was shortlisted for the 2017 Rencontres D’Arles Book Award and Kassel Book Award and was named a “Book of the Year” by Time, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Mother Jones, and Internazionale.

His third book is Sorry for the War, about the vast dissonance between the United States at war and the wars themselves.

Van Agtmael is a mentor in the Arab Documentary Photography Program and a member of Magnum Photos.

Peter van Agtmael