Van Blarcum attended the Suburban School of Photography in East Orange, New Jersey, in 1947.
Since 1968 he has been employed by the Walter Kidde Company and from 1950 to 1968 worked for Federal Radio and Television Company, both in New Jersey. The photographer is a pictorialist.
He belongs to the electrical workers union (I.U.E.C.I.O.), Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Tri-County Camera Club in Nutley, New Jersey.