Sorry for the War chronicles the disconnect between the United States at war and the wars as they really are. It weaves together the war in Iraq during the time of ISIS, the refugee crisis, militarism, terrorism, nationalism, myth-making and propaganda. Van Agtmael photographs dying soldiers, wounded soldiers, refugees, American rodeos, Iraqi children, the halls of Congress, each photograph another thread woven into the cacophony of the war on terror. Sorry for the War is Peter van Agtmael’s third book on post 9/11 America and the 20 years of the war on terror, and as a photographer covering foreign and domestic conflicts, van Agtmael is keenly aware of the limitations in what he is doing.
Peter van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. He graduated from Yale University with a BA in History in 2003. Since 2006, his work has largely concentrated on the United States and the post-9/11 wars. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the W. Eugene Smith Grant, an ICP Infinity Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, the Lumix Freelens Award, a Pulitzer Center Grant, a Magnum Foundation Fellowship as well as multiple awards from World Press Photo. Peter is a mentor in the Arab Documentary Photography Program, a founder of Red Hook Editions and Mass Books, and a member of Magnum Photos.