John Berthold is a photographer dedicated to documenting unique individuals, compelling stories and sensitive moments throughout the world. A close up and intimate relationship with his subject matter, as well as a keen attention to fine details is what differentiates Berthold’s work from other photographers.The challenge of having to make split second decisions in completely new environments day after day is what drives him forward to succeed. Having the courage, energetic drive, and reassuring calm demeanor in order to photograph complete strangers in a foreign country are only part of the passionate set of photographic skills John Berthold has developed over the last twenty years. Completed and on-going projects include the book ‘Bhutan Land of the Thunder Dragon’ published by Wisdom Publications in 2005 as well as short essays documenting rural life in the Americas, Africa, the Arabian Gulf and Asia.

Professional Experience

  • Freelance photographer published in prominent magazines, newspapers, books and websites worldwide.

Published Photography Work

  • Wisdom Publications, USA. 'Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon'. Photography book published and distributed internationally. 
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival, USA. Published and displayed several photographs for Folklife Festival.
  • Mandala Magazine, USA. Published numerous photographs, covers, and articles.
  • Outpost Magazine, USA. Bhutan book project review.
  • Prime Russia Magazine, Russia. Published phtograph.
  • New York Resident, USA. Bhutan book project review.
  • Blyth Education, Canada. Online publication.
  • Eastern Horizon, Malaysia. Bhutan book project review.
  • Kuensel Newspaper, Bhutan. Published several photographs and articles.
  • Lama Yeshe Archive, USA. Published photograph used for book cover.
  • The Aspen Times, USA. Published phtograph and story.
  • The Argonaut Newspaper, USA. Published gallery show review. 
  • Inquiring Mind, USA. Bhutan book project review.
  • Vistas Magazine, USA. Published gallery show review.
  • The Loyolan, USA. Published gallery show review.
  • L'Opinion, USA. Published gallery show review.
  • The Oregonian, USA. Bhutan book project review.

Gallery Exhibits

  • Calumet Photographic, USA. Group photography show.
  • Laband Art Gallery, USA. Group photography show.


  • Washburn University, USA. Photograph as part of Mulvane Art Musem permanant collection.