Like many americans who came of age at the time, the attacks shook his worldview. Buzzing at the sill is the sequel to peter van agtmaels b. Eugene smith grant, the icp infinity award for young photographers and many more, and joined. Aaron schuman in conversation with david levi strauss on his book, coillusion, which features work by both susan meiselas and peter van agtmael. Since 2006 he has primarily covered the 911 wars and their consequences, working extensively in iraq, afghanistan and the usa. Buzzing at the sill is peter van agtmaels work about coming home from years of covering war in iraq and afghanistan and trying to understand his experiences and his country. In his affective, highly acclaimed 2014 book, disco night sept 11 which the new york times magazine, time, and american photo all listed as one of the best books of the year, he showed us soldiers in training, on the frontlines in iraq and. Buzzing at the sill, the new book out by peter van agtmael, is not to be missed its a grim optic journey through americas inner soul. Available in a limited quantity in the magnum shop, this book has been signed by peter van agtmael. Nov 08, 2017 born in washington dc in 1981, peter van agtmael studied history at yale before moving into documentary photography.
Since he was a child, peter van agtmael has been interested in going to war, though he admits he wasnt sure exactly what he would be doing once he got there. Join facebook to connect with peter van agtmael and others you may know. Buzzing at the sill is a body of work by peter van agtmael undertaken on his return home to america after years as a war correspondent in iraq and afghanistan, trying. It seems appropriate that i first viewed buzzing at the sill during a fivehour flight across the united states. May 15, 20 among the 39 photojournalists interviewed in the book are andrea bruce, carolyn cole, stanley greene, tyler hicks, chris hondros, khalid mohammed, eugene richards, joao silva and peter van agtamael. Buzzing at the sill is a sequel to disco night sept. Like many photographers, peter van agtmael rushed to cover the wars of his generationin his case, iraq and afghanistan. On a recent reporting trip to afghanistans helmand province with dexter filkins, the photographer peter van agtmael captured images of american and afghan soldiers during some down time. Thomas dworzak quizzes peter van agtmael about his new book that explores the margins of contemporary america in a heightened political landscape. May 12, 2014 like many photographers, peter van agtmael rushed to cover the wars of his generationin his case, iraq and afghanistan. A big part of my identity was drawn from covering iraq and afghanistan this book is about processing those experiences and processing the things that led us, as a country, into these conflicts. Yaleman peter van agtmael could have gone anywhere, done anything with the advantages he grew up with, yet he shaped his life around an elemental desire to be in the midst of a terrible reality. One of my earliest memories is of walking along a beach boardwalk as a fiveyearold and excitedly spotting a little store selling cheap, neoncolored toy guns, photographer peter van agtmael writes in one of the essays in his new book, buzzing at the sill. A run of unlikely moments thrums along relentlessly, full bleed, no captions, sometimes with grace but more often simmering with fear or uncertainty.
Among the 39 photojournalists interviewed in the book are andrea bruce, carolyn cole, stanley greene, tyler hicks, chris hondros, khalid mohammed, eugene richards, joao silva and peter van agtamael. Magnum photos is a photographic cooperative of great diversity and distinction owned by its photographer members. Apr 26, 2017 peter van agtmael was 20 on september 11, 2001. Dec 04, 2018 peter van agtmael is not easily categorized as either a photojournalist or a documentarian. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that. Peter van agtmael photographer profile magnum photos. Photographer peter van agtmaels unsparing images from iraq. His work has been compared to renowned photographers he admires, such as don mccullin, larry burrows, catherine leroy, david douglas duncan, james nachtwey, and gilles peress. From 200620, he primarily covered the post911 wars and their consequences, working extensively in iraq, afghanistan and the usa. Establishing the phone on the infomercial system was amongst the most convenient of any kind of we examined. Peter van agtmael was born in washington dc in 1981. Tell us what you like and well recommend books youll love. Peter van agtmaels return to america in pictures the kentucky derby aftermath, louiseville, 2015. Magnum photographer peter van agtmaels vivid and emotional memorial.
Photographer peter van agtmael has worked on books that explore the state of america for the past eight years, starting with disco nights sept. Peter van agtmaels eye on america the new york times. Through the books bold, compassionate photography and insightful, emotional texts i was given in insight into the intimate world which mr. Peter van agtmael born 1981 is a documentary photographer based in new york. Peter van agtmaels photographs show us the surreal landscape of the united states post911. In disco night sept 11 the text complements the photographs in a personal, astute, universal, tragic, lyrical, absurdist dialogue. Peter van agtmaels new monograph, buzzing at the sill published by kehrer, is a timely collection of images of a more challenged america, a sequel to his wellcelebrated book, disco nights september 11th. Peter van agtmael explores the subtle nature of american. Buzzing at the sillis peter van agtmael s exploration of the united states in the shadow of the post 911 wars. So a photo project like peter van agtmaels book disco night sept 11 seems a fitting way to capture some sort of truth about u. Peter van agtmaels decoding of american violence the new yorker. A sequel to his critically acclaimed disco night sept. Peter van agtmael magnum iraqi soldiers walking past a bulletpocked wall after a deadly raid in mosul. Buzzing at the sill by peter van agtmael financial times.
Peter van agtmaels return to america in pictures art. In his impressionistic new book, disco night sept 11, awardwinning photojournalist peter van agtmael juxtaposes his moving photographs of the us wars in iraq and afghanistan with images that. The books geographical and emotional terrain is vast and often. Sometimes the picture is more interesting than what.
I got into details like the finnish planes in 1939, and how many machine guns they had. Largely focusing on america, his work considers issues such as power, race and class. Donald trump may be on your television, but heres what. Upon opening the book, peter barely gives us a moment to breathe before we are underwater in the second image. Jun 17, 2014 since he was a child, peter van agtmael has been interested in going to war, though he admits he wasnt sure exactly what he would be doing once he got there. His images are often complicated and at times oblique, and they hew to no particular genre or aesthetic. Photographer peter van agtmaels unsparing images from. Buzzing at the sill is a body of work by peter van agtmael undertaken on his return home to america after years as a war correspondent in iraq and afghanistan, trying to understand his experience and his country. Buzzing at the sillis peter van agtmaels exploration of the united states in the shadow of the post 911 wars. Since 2006, his work has largely concentrated on the united states and the post911 wars.
Although van agtmael grew up in bethesda, marylanda community of people who. Buzzing at the sill peter van agtmael magnum photos. In spite of the prevalent usage of muscle mass depressants, the proof for numerous of these medicines is sporadic or of lowgrade. The work is a stew of reflections on war, memory, militarism, identity, race, class, family, surrealism, and the landscape. Following graduation, he spent a year in china on the charles p. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Mar 07, 2017 buzzing at the sillis peter van agtmaels exploration of the united states in the shadow of the post 911 wars.
Dec 29, 2009 peter van agtmaelmagnum for the new york times an afghan translator relaxes with a magazine at his base in afghanistan. The book is van agtmaels attempt to describe a post911 america. He is a member of magnum photos van agtmael s photo essays have been published in the new york times magazine, time, the new yorker and the guardian. He graduated from yale university with a ba in history in 2003.
Buzzing at the sill us orders international orders. This book features van agtmaels conceptual chronicl. It is a book filled with darkly poetic images that suggest the peculiar tensions of race, politics, power and. Howland fellowship photographing the effects of the three gorges dam. Born in washington dc in 1981, peter van agtmael studied history at yale before moving into documentary photography. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected.
Peter van agtmaels new book buzzing at the sill is a tense, delirious portrait of america. Sarah stillman on the photographer peter van agtmaels new book, buzzing at the sill, an on how his work decodes american violence. Peter van agtmael is known for his deeply affecting, sometimes surreal images, which explore themes of conflict, history, memory, nationalism, militarism, race and class. Peter van agtmael explores the subtle nature of american power.
His work largely concentrates on america, looking at issues of conflict, identity, power, race and class. The pictures tell a story of a fractured country thats gone off the rails, seen at arms length. Peter van agtmaels decoding of american violence the. Magnum photos aaron schuman in conversation with david. I knew more than enough to be utterly repelled by conflict, yet i was. He also works extensively on the israelpalestine conflict and throughout the middle east. With powerful individual vision, magnum photographers chronicle the world and interpret its peoples, events, issues and personalities. Magnum photographer peter van agtmaels vivid and emotional memorial for the. As i started putting the book together and writing the stories for it, this idea of buzzing as a word kept popping up in my brain.
Buy buzzing at the sill 01 by peter van agtmael isbn. The former examined the effects of war on our country and the latter looks more deeply at our society and how it is beset with questions about race, class, memory, war, family and history. Eugene smith grant, the icp infinity award for young photographer, the lumix freelens award, as well as awards from world press photo, american photography. He studied history at yale, graduating with honors in 2003.
Buzzing at the sill is peter van agtmael s work about coming home from years of covering war in iraq and afghanistan and trying to understand his experiences and his country. Since 2006 he has concentrated on the wars in iraq and afghanistan, and their consequences in the united states. Van agtmael recently talked at length by phone about his photography and covering war from his family home in maryland. Peter van agtmaelmagnum for the new york times an afghan translator relaxes with a magazine at his base in afghanistan.
Photojournalist peter van agtmael considers his third book, buzzing at the sill, the latest chapter of what he calls one greater book a sweeping exploration of the september 11th attacks. Peter van agtmael speaks with us about the makingof his new book, buzzing at the sill. Buzzing at the sill is peter van agtmaels work about coming home from years of covering. He spent the next decade thinking about questions of race. The big question that everyone is asking themselves, or what they should be asking themselves right now, is what role has the media played in not just missing a certain part of american society that wanted to vote for, say, donald trump, but what role has the media played in dehumanizing other people and helping create these conditions that people are so afraid of, say, muslims and extremism.
Van agtmaels book has been acclaimed for its honesty, compassion and unflinching portrayal of war and its toll at home and abroad. Theres quite a bit of other work but thats more gonna be a part of another project. Share peter van agtmael quotations about books, war and conflict. Peter van agtmael is not easily categorized as either a photojournalist or a documentarian. Peter van agtmaels decoding of american violence the new. Peter van agtmaels new book disco nights sept 11 commands a readers attention, distilling time and place into one mans view of the fortitude and folly of war, says mark thompson.1360 714 212 704 909 1005 1122 1429 179 1509 49 461 15 1545 1370 266 1614 1663 995 925 397 1201 1530 1126 940 580 862 721 775 890 26 563 711 1203 164