These Photos Show The Brutal Reality Of Being Embedded With The US Military In Iraq And Afghanistan
Peter van Agtmael/Magnum
Ten years later, Van Agtmael was sleeping in his dorm room at Yale when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. In the coming weeks, he traveled to Ground Zero and photographed the aftermath for his college newspaper. When he graduated a few years later, America was in the thick of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; Van Agtmael decided that he had to document the "wars of [his] generation."He spent three years preparing himself for the task, documenting conflict and dangerous situations around the world for various photo agencies. In 2006, he applied and was accepted to be embedded with the Army in Iraq.
Van Agtmael has collected his work, covering the war abroad and soldiers' homecoming, in the book "Disco Night Sept. 11." He has shared a selection with us here, but you can check out the rest in the book, which can be purchased here.
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