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Peter van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. He studied history at Yale. 

His work largely concentrates on America, looking at issues of conflict, identity, power, race and class. He also works extensively on the Israel/Palestine conflict and throughout the Middle East. He has won the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, a Magnum Foundation Grant as well as awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, POYi, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, FOAM and Photo District News. 

His book, ‘Disco Night Sept 11,’ on America at war in the post-9/11 era was released in 2014 by Red Hook Editions. Disco Night Sept 11 was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Book Award and was named a ‘Book of the Year’ by The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, Vogue, American Photo and Photo Eye.  

“Buzzing at the Sill,” a book about America in the shadows of the wars, will come out in Fall 2016.  He is a founder and partner in Red Hook Editions. Peter joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a member in 2013.

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Shantay Guy’s stepson, Da’mon, was wounded in a seemingly random shooting in Baltimore in October, 2017. He spent 47 days in the hospital, with 20 surgical procedures. That year, Baltimore recorded 342 murders, the highest per-capita rate ever. Guy grew up in an impoverished, highly segregated part of West Baltimore, which was near the focal point of the protests and violence that broke out following the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who drew national attention when he died after suffering injuries in police custody. She was living in a safer area then, but seeing her old neighborhood erupt changed her life. She quit her job and went to work for a community mediation organization. “It just felt like the work I was supposed to be doing.” She wanted to make her city a better place, working as a community liaison after a set of policing reforms were decreed by the federal government. In the years following, Baltimore has by most standards, become a worse place. With @propublica, we look at how a city fell apart. Photographs by @pvanagtmael.

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Erricka Bridgeford, activist and founder of Baltimore Ceasefire, purifies and clears the negative energy with burning sage at the scene of a homicide victim in Baltimore, one of 309 last year. Baltimore Ceasefire was founded in 2017 as a grassroots effort to call for an end to the killings, engage the community in activism and highlight the lives behind the relentless homicide statistics. From the piece “The Tragedy of Baltimore: Since Freddie Gray’s death in 2015, violent crime has spiked to levels unseen for a quarter century.” Stories like this have a lot of layers so please give the sober and diligently researched story a read, linked in bio. Many thanks to the @nytmag @kathyryan and @j_dims for giving me so much time to work on this powerful story. Alec MacGillis wrote the excellent article.

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Kids take a break from participating in a municipal clean up arranged as part of the Baltimore CeaseFire weekend in August 2018. Baltimore Ceasefire was founded in 2017 as a grassroots effort to call for an end to the killings, engage the community in activism and highlight the lives behind the relentless homicide statistics in Baltimore. From the piece “The Tragedy of Baltimore: Since Freddie Gray’s death in 2015, violent crime has spiked to levels unseen for a quarter century.” Stories like this have a lot of layers so please give the sober and diligently researched story a read, linked in bio. Many thanks to the @nytmag @kathyryan and @j_dims for giving me so much time to work on this powerful story. Alec MacGillis wrote the excellent article.

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