Peter van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. He studied history at Yale.
His 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 Aperture/Paris Photo 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.
"Buzzing at the Sill," a book about America in the shadows of the wars, will come out in Fall 2016.
He is a founder and partner in Red Hook Editions. Peter joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a member in 2013
Photograph © Kathy Ryan