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Buzzing at the Sill / Peter van Agtmael

May 2017

© Peter van Agtmael

One-night only, book party, screening & talk
Tuesday May 30th, 2017, 7:00 PM

Buzzing at the Sill is Peter van Agtmael’s exploration of the United States in the shadow of the post 9/11 wars. A sequel to his critically acclaimed book Disco Night Sept 11, it begins on a dusk flight over an anonymous landscape, moving unsentimentally-and sometimes surreally-into images of race, class, war, memory, torture, nationalism, family, and place. The images have a troubled beauty that avoids polemic and cliche. Short texts throughout explore the experiences that led to this distinct vision.

In the back, a text booklet folds seamlessly out to further describe the context behind the images-revealing hidden history, personal stories, and detailed background.

At a troubling historical moment when many wonder how well they know and understand America, Buzzing at the Sill reveals the little-seen margins of the country, from coast to coast, city to country, and everything in between.

Buzzing at the Sill is included on Time’s “Best Photobooks of 2016” list. 

PETER VAN AGTMAEL was born in Washington DC in 1981. He received a BA in History from Yale and became a member of Magnum Photos in 2013. Numerous awards include the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Aaron Siskind Grant, a Magnum Foundation Grant, and awards from World Press Photo, the Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and FOAM. His most recent book, Disco Night Sept 11, on America at war in the post-9/11 era, was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Book Award in addition to being named a Book of the Year by The New York Times Magazine, Time, Mother Jones, Vogue, American Photo, and Photo Eye