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Peter van Agtmael
American/Dutch, b. 1981
Pennsylvania One Year After Trump
Nov 28, 2017
In October 2017, Peter Van Agtmael took a short road trip through Pennsylvania, photographing the state that surprised its east-coast neighbors when it helped deliver President Trump’s victory just one year ago. Suffering from a loss of manufacturing and other blue collar jobs, Pennsylvania has also been hit hard by the opioid crisis. During his campaign, Trump’s message of a revitalized coal industry...
Hillary Clinton: "What Happened"
Oct 16, 2017
In her new book “What Happened”, Hillary Clinton shares her experiences during the 2016 presidential election. The first woman nominated by a major party, Clinton describes her feelings before, during and after one of the United States’ most controversial elections in history. Her insightful account has generated a significant amount of buzz, both positive and negative.
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Battle for Mosul
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...
Post-Coal Depression in the Illinois Basin
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...
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...