2012: Peter van Agtmael

2012 – 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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