Magnum Photos and the Wythe Hotel present the book launch of Peter van Agtmael’s Disco Night Sept 11.
Beers and Books: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Conversation w/ Dexter Filkins: 7:30pm-9:00pm
About Disco Night Sept 11:
Disco Night Sept 11 interweaves photographs Peter took in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006 to 2013, often embedded with the U.S. military, with images taken in America during the same period bridging an unreal and painful divide. An Iraqi teenager waits to be interrogated as his house is ransacked. An amputee grins nervously as a stranger in a New York bar points a fake gun at him. A maze-like American base is shrouded in a dust storm. A widow picks up her sleeping son before the wake for her husband, killed the previous week in Afghanistan. The book is also filled with unexpected images. A soldier rides a donkey while an Iraqi family looks on apprehensively. A TV advertises a 9/11 commemorative coin. Soldiers and civilians flirt on a tank during ‘Fleet Week’ in New York. An amputee has a “Star Wars” style lightsaber duel with his sons.
Disco Night Sept 11 is a book about more than the brutality of conflict. It is an intimate and personal meditation on modern warfare from the perspective of a young American photographer who came of age in the confusion of a post 9/11 world, and who saw many others of his generation sign up to fight towards abstract ends and unpredictable fates. Simultaneously, Peter charted the creeping disconnect of the American populace as the wars dragged on with no climactic end in sight. During a time when we have become accustomed to imagery of death, pain, and destruction, Disco Night Sept 11 awakens us to the stark and enduring realities of war.
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About Peter van Agtmael:
Peter van Agtmael joined Magnum Photos in 2008, and became a member in 2013. His first monograph, 2nd Tour Hope I Don't Die was the subject of an Op-Ed in The New York Times by Bob Herbert, on Truthdig by Chris Hedges, and received additional coverage by Time, The Diane Rehm show on NPR, The International Herald Tribune, Mother Jones, GOOD and The Fader. Van Agtmael’s work has been published extensively in major outlets worldwide, includingThe New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNN, and many others. Peter van Agtmael is the recipient of many awards and grants for his work featured in this book, among them the W. Eugene Smith Grant (2012), the Lumix FreeLens Award (2012), the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer (2011), and World Press Photo (2007). His work was featured in the recent acclaimed War/Photography exhibition in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Houston.Born in Washington, D.C. in 1981, he studied history at Yale University, graduating with honors in 2003. Following graduation, he received a Charles P. Howland Fellowship to travel to China. After covering the Asian Tsunami and then working throughout Africa, he began photographing the consequences of America's wars, at home and abroad in 2006.
About Dexter Filkins:
Dexter Filkins joined The New Yorker in January of 2011, and has since written about a bank heist in Afghanistan and the democratic protests in the Middle East. Before coming to The New Yorker, Filkins had been with the New York Times since 2000, reporting from Afghanistan, Pakistan, New York, and Iraq, where he was based from 2003 to 2006. He has also worked for the Miami Herald and the Los Angeles Times, where he was chief of the paper’s New Delhi bureau. In 2009, he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team of New York Times reporters in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2006-07 and a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2007-08. He has received numerous prizes, including two George Polk Awards and three Overseas Press Club Awards. His 2008 book, The Forever War, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Nonfiction Book, and was named a best book of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, and the Boston Globe.
When & Where
Magnum Photos is the legendary photographic cooperative started in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour and George Rodger. With offices in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo, Magnum Photos exists as a gold-standard of the photographic medium, its shareholders consisting of some of history's great artistic and documentarian photographic visions. Shooting and licensing images for 68 years of everything from conflict to fashion, from editorial photojournalism to conceptual photography,Magnum has been a formative force in the creation of the world's visual history. It's often said, "When you picture an iconic image, but can't think who took it or where it can be found, it probably came from Magnum."