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Peter van Agtmael

Peter van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. He studied history at Yale.

Peter van Agtmael’s work largely concentrates on America, looking at issues of conflict, identity, power, race and class. He also works extensively on the Israel/Palestine conflict and throughout the Middle East.

He has won 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.

His book, Disco Night Sept 11, on America at war in the post-9/11 era was released in 2014 by Red Hook Editions. Disco Night Sept 11 was shortlisted for the Paris Photo / Aperture Book Award and was named a Book of the Year by The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, Vogue, American Photo and Photo Eye.

He is a founder and partner in Red Hook Editions. Peter joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a member in 2013

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New Year / 2021
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Fractured States / Peter van Agtmael
After returning from years of war coverage, van Agtmael tries to piece together the memory, identity, race, class, and...
W. Eugene Smith Photography Grant
Deadline May 31, 2018
Established in 1978, the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past...
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