Author of the Amazon Best-Seller photo book Children of Grass, B.A. Van Sise is also a frequent contributor to BuzzFeed and Getty Images, and one of the world's busiest travel photographers. In addition to his roles as a travel photography workshop instructor for AFAR and Atlas Obscura, Van Sise has previously been a staffer for Newsday, the Village Voice, and AOL CityGuide, 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, the Museum of Photographic Arts 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, Arthur Frommer's Travel Guides, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, the Orlando Sun-Sentinel, 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 has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts and Serenbe, and is a graduate of the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, a National Press Photographer's Association award-winner, an Independent Publisher Book Award gold medal winner, a Prix de la Photographie Paris prize winner. He has been previously been awarded grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and is sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts.
He holds one degree from Fordham University for Visual Arts and another for Modern Languages: a polyglot, he is fluent or conversational in English, Italian, Spanish, French, German and Russian. He frequently undertakes public affairs projects for the United States Coast Guard, is an instructor for the U.S. Army Storytelling Workshop, and is a judge for the Army's Brumfield Mass Communications Competition. In addition to his photography and authorship, Van Sise is a member of the National Arts Club, the National Press Photographers' Association, the New York Press Photographers' Association, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, and the St. Andrew's Society of New York; he also serves on the board of directors of the Amore Opera Company, and as a grant panelist for the Queens Council for the Arts and Flushing Town Hall's Art Grants for Queens. A member of the National Book Critics' Circle, he is a reviewer of poetry and photography titles for the New York Journal of Books.