American Kestrels | Legacy Reserve Collection

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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: 1665LR

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One of Thomas D Mangelsen’s heroes of photography, the pioneering Frenchman Henri Cartier-Bresson, said this of the promise and challenge for those who carry a camera: “Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” For Mangelsen, Cartier-Bresson’s wisdom can also be applied as a sobering reminder of the conservation threats to many species and it is a profound aide-memoire about how the magical opportunities that appear spontaneously must be seized before disappearing into the ether.

No matter what one’s taste in art—Realism, Impressionism, Abstraction—this Mangelsen composition, American Kestrels capturing a pair of the smallest of North American falcons in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley, is a marvel of composition. “To me, the image has the feel of an ancient Asian watercolor,” Mangelsen explains. The scene is the culmination of an afternoon in which the photographer watched the bonded kestrels search for a nest in the cavity of a woodpecker bore hole, hunt, ward off rivals, and engage in poetic courtship. For a brief instant, the ambient elements converged and it was this single frame that the photographer deemed worthy enough to print.

“It is, beyond doubt my favorite bird picture. The asymmetry, the color and plumage patterns of the kestrels enhanced against the snowy winter sky and the negative space are the elements created by the aspen branches. Nature serves up a composition and you either see it or you miss it forever.”


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