Rohn Engh Passed Away

Posted on 8/7/2014 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (4)

On Monday August 4th, Rohn Engh died of a sudden onset of infection causing serious pneumonia and multiple complications. The doctors and nurses at the VA hospital were excellent and did everything possible for him, never giving up. The infection took Rohn in one week. He was two months shy of his 85th birthday.

Rohn started publishing advice for editorial stock photographers in his PhotoLetter in 1976. His first book for stock photographers, Sell & Re-Sell Your Photos, sold over 126,000 copies in eight editions and is considered by both veteran photographers and newcomers to be the premiere desktop guide on marketing principles for the stock photographer. He also authored the book, (updated in 2011) had written countless articles, and given seminars nationwide.

Rohn’s Photo Source International published several daily and weekly market guides including: PhotoDaily, PhotoLetter, PhotoStockNOTES and PhotoStockNOTES/Plus. In addition to advising photographers he has provided on-line information to photobuyers, photo researchers and photo editors for more than two decades. With his passing the market letters and PhotoStockNOTES will cease publication.

Engh and his wife Jeri lived and worked on the 80-acre Pine Lake Farm in Wisconsin. I agree with Brian Seed who commented, “Rohn was a pioneering, creative, and indefatigable worker in the field of stock photography.” 

Copyright © 2014 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


  • Bill Bachmann Posted Aug 7, 2014
    Very sad to see a good photographer and even better man pass away so suddenly. Rohn will be missed by many in this industry and he always stood for the best interests of the industry. RIP, my friend.

  • Ken Graham Posted Aug 7, 2014
    Oh that's so sad! We're very sorry to hear of his sudden passing. I think of our phone conversations over the years and all the great advice he gave us. Not to mention a great news letter. RIP Ron.

  • Jagdish Agarwal Posted Aug 8, 2014
    So sad. I remember subscribing to Rohn Engh PhotoLetter in 1977 and soon made my first stock photo sale in USA. He was prompt in replying to letters before the computer age. His advice has helped me over the years. May his family get strength to bear his loss.

  • Jim Lee Olive Posted Aug 9, 2014
    I'm sad to learn of the passing of Rohn. We met at the 1st PDN Conference back in the mid '70s and I considered him a pioneer in the stock photography industry. He was a great teacher and photographer who gave sound advice and guidance to many photographers that followed in his footsteps. My condolences to his family.

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