Amboseli Crossing | Legacy Reserve Collection

Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Legacy Reserve | Edition of 20

In 1975 when Mangelsen created his very first limited edition photograph, he made the decision to hold back his most valuable prints, numbered 1 to 20, so that one day as a career capstone they would be offered as part of a Legacy Reserve Collection. Many images featured in this collection have been sold out for more than a decade, complemented by recent masterworks destined to sell out in the future.

Initially reserved for museums, conservation nonprofits, and family members, collectors now have the unique opportunity to acquire Mangelsen’s “best of the best” photographs, to own one of the twenty numbers from his personal artist reserve. Each Legacy Reserve fine art collector will be invited to join the legendary photographer for an unforgettable Grand Teton Adventure.

Mangelsen is as much a conservationist as he is an artist, and thus a portion of the Legacy Reserve Collection proceeds will be donated to critical conservation issues close to his heart.

Item Number: 1734LR

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Amboseli Crossing is Thomas D. Mangelsen’s most engaging and celebrated photograph of a long line of elephants marching across the dusty flats of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. It’s also a tribute to a famous pachyderm mother named Joyce, matriarch to a much beloved sub-herd known as the “JA Family”. Their legacy as one of the most studied groups of elephants is especially poignant as poaching and habitat loss continue to reduce elephant numbers across Africa.

Cynthia Moss, founder and director of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project in 1972, is a huge admirer of the image, which she calls historic. “When you look at this 1994 Mangelsen photograph, Joyce had just taken over the role of matriarch because the JA's glorious old matriarch Jezebel had died in November 1993,” Moss says. Joyce was named after Joyce Poole who began her research career collaborating with Cynthia in 1975. “At the time Joyce was estimated to be 53 years old so she was an experienced female well qualified to be a matriarch. She led her family successfully over the next 16 years until a devastating drought, along with a resurgence of poaching, hit Amboseli in 2009. Joyce died in April of that year. We suspect she was poached because of her beautiful tusks. We never found her carcass.”

But Mangelsen’s photograph remains a powerful touchstone and a celebration of the most glorious land mammals on Earth, “I love this artful photo,” Moss notes, “everything about it down to the swaying tails, captured as if in synchrony.”

"Africa is a place of my earliest childhood dreams. They say 'you never go just once'—I have found that to be true."


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