Legendary nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the natural world for over 40 years observing and photographing the Earth’s last great wild places. From polar bears in the Arctic to vast herds of game on the plains of Africa, from the deep jungles of South America to the tigers of India, to images revealing the diversity of wildlife in the American West, Mangelsen has captured rare moments and vast panoramas from all seven continents.
Mangelsen is a critically acclaimed photographer whose honors include being named Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by North American Nature Photography Association, one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photo magazine and one of the 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography.
Mangelsen’s award winning photographs have been exhibited in major museums including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and collected by thousands around the world through his MANGELSEN®—Images of Nature Galleries. Browse Mangelsen’s entire portfolio.
American nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has been praised by many as a spiritual descendent of Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter and Edward Weston.
Over his more than 40 years of traveling to the wildest corners of North America and beyond, Mangelsen has become legendary for producing a body of work that includes truly awe-inspiring landscapes and some of the most recognizable wildlife scenes ever photographed, including many counted among the most important of the modern environmental age. Like those of Adams, Porter and Weston before him, his photographs are coveted by collectors worldwide.
Jane Goodall and Bill Allen, the now retired editor in chief of National Geographic, consider Mangelsen to be one of the most important nature photographers of his generation. “His photographs have impact that stays with you,” Allen says. “They allow viewers to momentarily escape from their busy lives and dwell inside big humbling landscapes. Rather than being mere documentarian in their purpose, they also reveal personalities of wild, sometimes imperiled animals, reminding us that they are creatures of remarkable sentience.”
A LIFE IN THE WILD is an exhibition containing 40 of Mangelsen’s most resonant images—images that take viewers on a journey into the haunts of iconic species whose struggles for survival are metaphorical fulcrums for reflection in the 21st century.
In an age of rampant digital manipulation of imagery and an era in which many nature photographers take shortcuts to amass portfolios by frequenting “game farms”—facilities that rent out wildlife “models” by the hour—Mangelsen’s work stands as a striking and noble counterpoint, Allen says.
Every single image in Mangelsen’s portfolio has been taken in the wild under natural conditions; the result of him waiting for the “picture perfect moment” across decades and often in hostile conditions. Such a body of work can only be achieved by having a heightened sense of animal behavior, an uncanny feel for being able to read changing atmospherics in the environment, and patience.
At a time when digital technology is, notoriously, reprogramming its users to have shorter attention spans, A LIFE IN THE WILD stands as a testament to the rewards that can come to people who slow down their lives and wait for nature’s revelations to happen.
A LIFE IN THE WILD showcases Mangelsen’s signature, award-winning photographs of landscape and wildlife in all seven continents. Polar Dance, for example, is a whimsical portrait of polar bears appearing to prance in the Arctic that National Geographic called one of the most important of our time for getting viewers to ponder the consequences of climate change.
The exhibition includes Mangelsen’s Catch of the Day, one of the most widely circulated wildlife photographs in history, showing the exact moment that a spawning salmon, trying to leap over a small waterfall along Alaska’s Brooks River, soars right into the awaiting jaws of a massive brown bear. Catch of the Day was not only a monumental achievement in photography because it occurred before the advent of digital cameras and involves no digital manipulation, but also because thousands of photographers have attempted to emulate it. Like all of the photographs in the exhibition, it sparks conversation.
THOMAS D. MANGELSEN | A LIFE IN THE WILD Tour is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.
Prospectus Text by Todd Wilkinson, Author of Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek, An Intimate Portrait of 399, the Most Famous Bear of Greater Yellowstone.
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LEGACY TRAVELING EXHIBITION INVENTORY LIST
To see a photograph listed below, type or copy & paste ITEM number in Search (upper right on web page)
|ITEM #||YEAR||TITLE||SUBJECT||MEDIUM||FINISHED SIZE|
|1454||1985||OUT OF DARKNESS||bald eagle in flight||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|1466||1986||WINTERING WAXWINGS||bohemian & cedar waxwings||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|1467||1987||AMONG THE GLACIERS||bald eagle in flight & glacier||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|1545||1991||WIND SONG||polar bears||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|1564||1992||BEAR RIVER||brown bears along river||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|1602||1972||GREAT GRAY OWL||great gray owl in tree||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|1665||1984||AMERICAN KESTRELS||kestrels||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||28x38|
|1683||1984||IN PURSUIT||grizzly bear & ground squirrel||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|1698||1988||CATCH OF THE DAY||brown bear catching salmon||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||50x70|
|1710||1989||POLAR DANCE||polar bears dancing||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|1734||1994||AMBOSELI CROSSING||elephant herd in dust||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|2401||1992||BAD BOYS OF THE ARCTIC||polar bears lounging||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|2408||1993||INTO THE WIND||bald eagle in flight||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|2462||1994||BATHTIME IN MAASAILAND||cheetah family||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|2610||1998||LIGHT IN THE FOREST||bengal tiger||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||50x70|
|2660||1998||A CHANGE OF SEASONS||alaskan moose at sunset||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||32x78|
|2665||1999||SPIRIT OF THE MOUNTAINS||mountain lion||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|2720||2000||DREAMCATCHER||bald eagle eye||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|2762||2002||SHADES OF SAPPHIRE||leopard in tree||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|2789||2003||GENTLE GIANT||silverback mountain gorilla||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||50x70|
|2851||2005||GUARDIAN OF KNIGHT INLET||black bear||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|2893||2006||MORNING SHOWER||king penguins||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|2947||2008||DRUIDS FROSTY MORNING PASSAGE||wolf pack||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|2960||2008||WINDSWEPT||american bison||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||50x70|
|2995||2010||SPRING BLOSSOMS||western tanagers||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||28x38|
|3047||2010||SNAKE RIVER CROSSING||elk herd & fog||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||50x70|
|3053||2010||FIRST LIGHT||grizzly bear||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||50x70|
|3061||2011||EYES OF THE GRIZZLY||grizzly bear face||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||50x70|
|3216||2014||MOUNTAIN OUTLAW||grizzly bear charging||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||50x70|
|3218||2016||WINTER BEAUTY||bobcat||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||40x55|
|6029||1993||BORN OF THE NORTH WIND||polar bear & arctic fox||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||39x100|
|6041||1992||AFTER THE ICE AGE||grizzly bear & denali range||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||44x118|
|6083||1998||REFLECTIONS OF DENALI||moose & denali||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||44x118|
|6110||2000||AMONG THE REDWOODS||redwood forest||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||39x100|
|6128||2000||COLORS OF THE SMOKIES||great smoky mountains||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||39x100|
|6136||2002||RAINWALK||giraffes||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||44x118|
|6156||2003||TAPIS MAGIQUE (MAGIC CARPET)||poppies & lupine||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||39x100|
|6166||2003||HIGH NOON ON THE OXBOW BEND||bald eagle & mt moran||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||39x100|
|6250||2011||CRANES OF THE GREY WIND||sandhill cranes||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||26x90|
|2455S||1995||GIFT OF THE TIDES||white ibis series||Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print Framed||26x76|
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