In our latest First Take interview, TIME spoke with documentary photographer Peter van Agtmael to examine the art and craft of photography.
“When you try to describe a picture, there’s no way of expressing its power,” he tells TIME. “A great photograph is entirely unexpected, even when you have all the pieces in place.”
A member of Magnum Photos, Agtmael has concentrated on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their consequences in the U.S. since 2006. He says his draw to war is not a logical one. “It runs through my blood and it’s very difficult for me to deny that and avoid it.”
Peter van Agtmael is a Magnum photographer whose documentary work focuses on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.