Peter van Agtmael
Peter van Agtmael was born in 1981 in Washington DC and
graduated in History with honours from Yale University in 2003. He
spent a year in China on a fellowship photographing the
environmental consequences of the Three Gorges Dam. In 2005 he
covered the Asian Tsunami, then relocated to Johannesburg, South
Africa and photographed the AIDS epidemic by following the story of
Holly Moyo, an HIV-positive Zimbabwean refugee. He travelled on
assignment throughout Africa.
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 recently published. Van
Agtmael has received a number of prizes, including a World Press
Photo Award and the Photo Lucida Critical Mass Book Award. In 2008
he helped to organize the exhibition Battlespace,
presenting the largely unseen work of 22 photographers working in
Iraq and Afghanistan. Peter van Agtmael joined Magnum Photos as a
nominee in 2008.
The portfolio presented in Foam Magazine #20 TALENT combines his
images from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the United
States. Based on his personal experience of the war, van Agtmael
follows the experience of recovering wounded soldiers and the
families of the fallen.