Bad Boys of the Arctic | Legacy Reserve Collection

Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

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: 2401LR

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No question about it, Bad Boys of the Arctic is a photograph with character; it always elicits a smile from those who encounter it. More light-hearted than many of Thomas D. Mangelsen’s prints, the truth is that this picture of a mother polar bear with her two male offspring speaks to a core conviction of Mangelsen’s—that all animals are sentient beings, replete with personalities, language and range of emotions. “They are not others; rather, we are enjoined in their community of life,” Mangelsen says.

Mangelsen witnessed the threesome as they walked along the shore of Hudson Bay, Canada where one laid down to scratch his back on a snow covered chunk of ice. This moment only lasted for a few minutes and the bears continued their journey north. Annually, for ten years, Mangelsen would meet with dear friend and famed Arctic explorer Fred Bruemmer, the late, great authority on polar bears.

“I learned more about polar bears from Fred than anyone else. He opened up their world to me,” Mangelsen says, noting that the pair collaborated on an acclaimed book Polar Dance: Born of the North Wind intended to advance global respect for bears and issues affecting their survival.

The book features Bad Boys of the Arctic and a number of Mangelsen’s other award-winning images from the Great White North.


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