Peter van Agtmael (b. 1981) graduated from Yale University in 2003 with a degree in History. Following graduation, he spent a year in China on the Charles P. Howland fellowship photographing the effects of the Three Gorges Dam. He became a freelance photographer at the end of 2004.  

Since the beginning of 2006, he has documented the consequences of America's Wars, at home and abroad. A monograph of the work, '2nd Tour Hope I Don't Die' was published in 2009.  

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

He is represented by Magnum Photos.  


2011- ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer 

2011- PDN Photo Annual 

2010- PDN 30 

2010- PDN Photo Annual 

2010- American Photography Annual 

2009- FOAM Talent 

2009- Santa Fe Project Competition- Honorable Mention 

2008- Pulitzer Center Grant 

2008 - World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass 

2008 - Critical Mass Book Award  

2008 - Luminous Landscape Grant 

2007 - World Press Photo - 2nd Place General News Stories 

2007 - Photographer of the Year, Joerg Colberg of Conscientious 

2006 - 25 Under 25: Up and Coming American Photographers - Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (Book released June 2008 from powerHouse). 


2nd Tour Hope I Don't Die (Photolucida, 2009) 


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