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Peter van Agtmael
American/Dutch, b. 1981
Featured Essays
Aug 9, 2017
In October 2016 Iraqi and Peshmerga forces began an offensive to retake the major northern city of Mosul, which had been seized by ISIL in June 2014. They were met by serious resistance from ISIL, who would not be eliminated from the area until July, 2017. During nearly nine months of intense fighting civilians were caught in the middle resulting in thousands of noncombatant fatalities and one million... More...
Featured Essays
Aug 2, 2017
For most of the 20th century, the Illinois Basin, located in the southern part of the state, was a thriving coal mining center. Local communities which had depended on the coal industry were devastated in the 1990s when new environmental regulations came into effect: production plummeted and thousands became unemployed. The remaining residents are largely impoverished and don't know if local communities... More...
Featured Essays
Jul 19, 2017
In late January, Peter van Agtmael traveled to Guantanamo Bay to photograph the controversial US military prison. Established under the George W. Bush administration during the War on Terror and constructed within the existing US Navy base, the compound was intended to hold the most dangerous terror suspects. Barack Obama was unable to follow through with his promise to close the detention camp but... More...
Featured Essays
Feb 17, 2017
The Oceti Sakowin Camp in Standing Rock, North Dakota has emerged as the center of resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The camp was established by Indigenous American activists (known as Water Protectors) intent on disrupting the passage of the pipeline in order to protect the local water supply and sacred burial grounds, as well as ensure that treaties made between the Federal government and... More...
Feb 15, 2017
In celebration of Magnum’s seventieth anniversary, ICP and Magnum Photos present a special programme of talks.

To mark the recent launch of Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonne (Phaidon), Fred Ritchin will discuss the history of the photobook and chair a discussion about the individual practices of Magnum photographers Peter Van Agtmael, Susan Meiselas, and Thomas Dworzak.

Magnum Photobook:... More...