Allen Rokach is a preeminent nature, garden, travel and location photographer whose 30-year career includes being a senior photographer for Southern Living magazine for 11 years. His assignments have ranged from extreme macrophotography done in-studio to on-location documentaries of the vast Amazon Rainforest.
These assignments have come from numerous prestigious travel, photography, specialty and general interest publications, resulting in his photographs of flowers, gardens and people from around the globe appearing in or on the covers of Southern Living, National geograhic, Audubon, Camera 35, Popular Photography, Coastal Living, Modern Photography, Natural History, Parade, Pinnacle, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Horticulture, Outdoor Photographer, Garden, Southern Accents, Progressive Farmer, Landscape Architecture, Cooking Light, Science Digest and The New York Times, among others. Rokach & Anne Millman's article on “Dams” in Science Digest won the Annual Engineering Journalism Award in 1983. Allen’s portfolio “Bursting with Color!” & “Forest Fire! Southern Accents, October 1996 & May 2001 won "Best Magazine Photography" from the Garden Writers Association of America.
In addition, Rokach has received many corporate commissions, including from PepsiCo, Massey-Ferguson, The Biltmore Estate, Chase Manhattan Bank, Bankers Trust, Becton Dickinson, Cunard, Air France, Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center, Netherlands Board of Tourism, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Royal Cruise Line, Beth Israel Medical Center and Edward Durrell Stone Jr. & Associates.
Rokach has been active as a photographic educator throughout his career. During his 12 years as the staff photographer and director of photography at The New York Botanical Garden, he initiated and coordinated the Certificate Program in Nature and Garden Photography. He also taught photography at numerous institutions, including The New School for Social Research, The American Museum of Natural History, The International Center of Photography, The Biltmore Estate, The Chicago Botanic Garden, The Winterthur Museum & Gardens, Manhattanville Collge, Chanticleer Garden, The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and several Westchester colleges. Among his courses, he led groups on travel-oriented photo workshops to such varied locations as: West Africa, Mediterranean, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, as well as diverse places throughout the United States.
In 1988 Rokach founded The Center for Nature Photography, which sponsors instructional nature and garden photography workshops to such prime locations as Acadia National Park, in Maine; Crested Butte & Steamboat Springs, in Colorado; Arches and Canyonlands National Park, in Utah; Monument Valley, in Arizona; the hill country of Texas; and Bosque del Apache Bird Sanctuary and White Sands National Monument, in New Mexico.
Rokach has been widely published. He has coauthored with Anne Millman 15 books and numerous articles on various aspects of photography, nature and travel. These include “Focus on Flowers: Discovery & Photographing Beauty in Gardens & Wild Places,” published by Abbeville Press and winner of the 1991 Award of the Year for Photography from the Garden Writers Association of America.
Rokach and Millman also coauthored “Focus on Travel: Creating Memorable Photographs of Journeys to New Places,” published by Abbeville Press in 1993, as well as a series of books for Amphoto called “The Center for Nature Photography Field Guide to Photographing:” The series included books on “Flowers,” “Landscapes,” “Trees,” “Birds,” “Gardens” and “Seasons.” In addition, they were frequent contributors to Popular Photography, Outdoor Photographer and have co-written for The New York Times and for all major photographic magazines. Mr. Rokach also provided photographs for such other important books as: “Gardens of the Heartland” (Abbeville Press) and “A Three Year Garden Journal” (Fulcrum Publishers).
One-man shows of Rokach’s work have been mounted in New York at The Brooklyn Museum, The New York Academy of Sciences, Nikon House, Wave Hill, The New York Botanical Garden, and The Horticultural Society of New York, Chromatics in Nashville, the Alabama Council on the Arts, Mississippi University for Women & The BellSouth Gallery. Allen's photographs are in the following corporate collections: The Brooklyn Museum, The Jewish Museum,. Forbes, Inc., Western Electric, PepsiCo, I.B.M. Corporation & Yeshiva University Museum. Allen has also has judged local, national and international photographic competitions.