Brian Van Lau

Brian Van Lau is a self-taught photographer currently based between Honolulu, HI and Seattle, WA.

His work is about finding fictitious evidence. 

He is available for commissions, assignments,  lectures, and print inquiries.

Founder of arcanite-pictures.

Select Awards:

Innovate Grant Award (Winner)

Aperture Portfolio Prize (Runner-up)

New York Times Portfolio Review (Selected Participant)

Urbanautica Institute Awards (Winner)

Critical Mass, Photolucida (Finalist)

Open Doors Photo Prize (Shortlist)

Lucie Foundation, ChromaXLuxe Fine Arts Scholarship, (Shortlisted)

Artist's Talks/Lectures:

Photographic Center Northwest, June 2024 (Open)

Northwind Art School, May 2024 

Northwind Art School, November 2023

Artist Books: 

Blood is on the Rails, artist's book published by Arcanite Pictures (edition of 30, handmade, April 2024)

The Skull-Sized Kingdom (Second Edition), zine published by Arcanite Pictures (edition of 50, August 2023)

Olympic, self-published zine (edition of 30)

We Shared the Same Color That Evening, self-published (edition of 15)

A New Hope, self-published (edition of 20)

In print:

Upstreams Deadfalls, Deadfall Press, 2023

Booooooooom Magic Hour

Urbanautica Catalogue


New York Times "Sleepless in Seattle as a Hellcat Roars Through the Streets," May 29th, 2024

New York Times "Is It Possible to Buy a House in Your 20s? Yes, but Only With Some Help.," August 5th, 2023

Willamette Weekly "Oregon’s Parole Board Is Close to Releasing an Aging Contract Killer. Should His Targets Still Fear Him?" January 11th, 2023

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