Roland Gockel was born in Duisburg. After high school be was a camera trainee at the BR before he went to study at the 'Staatliche Fachschule für Optik und Fototechnik‘ in Berlin. After practical training in underwater photography he started working as camera man in wildlife and nature films in 1990. Since then his shots feature in many documentaries and expedition reports for public TV, Blue Chip nature documentaries for movie theatres and international productions. Recently he has been working as producer, director and author.