Peter van Agtmael


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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