B.A. Van Sise

Author of the Amazon bestselling photo book Children of Grass, B.A. Van Sise is also a frequent contributor to BuzzFeed News and Getty Images, and one of the world's busiest travel photographers. In addition to his roles as Nikon/AFAR travel photography ambassador and travel photography workshop instructor for Atlas Obscura, Mr. Van Sise has previously been a staffer for Newsday, the Village Voice, and AOL CityGuide, and has been featured on both the cover of the New York Times, on PBS NewsHour, the Daily Mail, and on NPR. A number of his portraits of notable American poets are in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian.

His work as both a photographer and writer has been widely published. In addition to exhibitions at the Center for Creative Photography, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Los Angeles Center of Photography, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, his work has previously appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Mirror of London, Travel + Leisure, New York Magazine, and approximately 250 other publications. His written work has appeared in Poets & Writers, the North American Review, the Southampton Review, and Eclectica, among many others. 

He is a graduate of the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, a National Press Photographers Association award winner, and an Independent Publisher Book Award gold medal winner.

Book Reviews by B.A. Van Sise

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If you ask the Catholic Church, they’ll tell you that Saint Veronica—the apocryphal woman who wiped Christ’s bloodied, sweat-soaked face as he made his way to his death at Calvary—is the patron sai

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Few men are as dead as Osip Mandelstam.

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A month ago, in the wake of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere, a poem rapidly gained the absolute and undivided attention of all of the poetry-loving world: fourt

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“Gross and Daley’s photographs tell a story, a deeply important story . . .”

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Do Something for Nothing is no real reflection of the magnanimity of the project behind it.

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"Sometimes one fingers annihilation," he writes in a quiet moment of nuclear bombing, "before breaking into bliss."

Delight, Parnassians. Arthur Sze has returned.

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They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But They aren’t here and They don’t matter, anyway. 

 

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There are two books folded inside one another in Adrienne Su’s Peach State. One is a cookbook. The other is a photo album. Neither has recipes. Neither has images.

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There is a large discussion in the world of poetry about how to proceed with the expanding legion of what are derisively called “Instagram poets,” as comers from all corners argue about whether or

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In the beginning, the Bible tells us, God created man in his image.

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"Every photo is almost a fiction or a dream,” wrote Sylvia Plachy, the longtime photographer for the Village Voice. If it's really good, it's another form of life."

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This low, lazy, fattening, and frustrating last year has been a bad one for society, but just fine for medication: cholesterol medication, blood pressure medication, anxiety medication.

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For eleven years, Frank O'Hara worked a day job at the Museum of Modern Arts, writing poems during his lunch break.  

Jackson Pollock was a janitor and painted a little on the side.

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Leafing through any collection of Roger Ballen’s photographs is a bit like making love under a mirrored ceiling: none of it looks attractive, but it all feels terribly exciting.

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“In the new Long Island, the one yet undiscovered, the one just now being born, the boys and the girls of the future can look at this beautiful book and know that even ghost stories can hav

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“Bill Brandt, the work, is now just beginning to enjoy its second life.”

Every photograph has two lives: the one today and the one tomorrow.

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“The raw sensuality, the winsome yen of her language and its ‘small gifts laden with love’s intentions’ leaves no doubt to the reader about the anonymous others she carries through the work

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We’ve all, at some point, had this experience:  tidying up, digging around, cleaning out the drawers, or  fussing about the attic, we find . . .