John was born September 11, 1962, in New York City, the son of the late Raymond Rocklin, a noted sculptor. He grew up in Cortlandt Manor, NY, on the banks of the Hudson River, where he taught himself to play the guitar.
In 1996, after meeting and befriending blues harmonica legend Little Sammy Davis, John took advantage of many photo opportunities with musicians, which inspired him to combine his interests in artistic photography and music. “At some point, I just looked around and couldn’t stand to go another day without at least trying to document what I saw going on before me.”
Inspired by Dorothea Lange and Dick Waterman, John set out to learn photography, while earning a living driving a truck. His goal was to “try to portray what I was seeing so that it could be seen by others through my eyes, preserving moments in time artistically and historically.”
What began in 2001 with a 2.0 megapixel Sony camera has become a “self-imposed mission to photographically document great musicians near and far.” His current portfolio consists of tens of thousands of photographs of musicians and performing artists, and other more common subjects. John shares his life, home and studio space with his wife, photographer Danielle Herzog Rocklin.