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Product Description: 2nd Tour Hope I Don't Die is a deeply affecting look at the reality of America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006-2008. Through Peter van Agtmael's lens, a delicate humanity emerges amid the chaos and brutality of combat. As an embedded photographer, van Agtmael follows the great sweep of the war with his camera - from graphic casualties, medical evacuations, and the aftermath of suicide bombings to moving portraits of young soldiers and their families recuperating, mourning, and surviving the harrowing consequences of war. Throughout, van Agtmael's diacritic narrative provides context for the horrors he witnessed, while often revealing the dark, inevitable ironies that occur in an environment where the necessities of daily life are forced to intersect with unspeakable violence and death. By turns gritty, haunting, and deeply moving, the book is a document of loss - and a cogent reminder of the costs of war. Peter Agtmael was born in Washington DC. He studied history at Yale, graduating with honors in 2003. After graduation, he received a Charles P. Howland Fellowship to travel to China to document the social and environmental consequences of the Three Gorges Dam. In 2005, he covered the Asian Tsunami, then relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa and photographed the AIDS epidemic by following the story of Holly Moyo, an HIV-positive Zimbabwean refugee. On assignment, he traveled throughout Africa. Since 2006, he has worked on the consequences of America's wars, at home and abroad. He had made five extended trips to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008 he helped organize the book and exhibition Battlespace, a retrospective of largely unseen work of 22 photographers covering Iraq and Afghanistan. He has won many awards, including World Press Photo. '2nd Tour Hope I Don't Die' was commissioned by Photolucida's Critical Mass Book Award. He is represented by Magnum Photos since 2008.
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