Bear River | Legacy Reserve Collection

McNeil River Bear Sanctuary, Alaska

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: 1564LR

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The picturesque McNeil River and adjacent Mikfik Creek are legendary for its rendezvous of giant brown bears that assemble annually for the salmon run. While the bruins can be notoriously grumpy during those stretches of the year when wild foods are scarce, they seem to declare a peace treaty when they converge upon the McNeil and its tributaries, agreeing to put quarreling aside when there is an abundance of fish to share.

The McNeil and Mikfik are managed as a bear sanctuary where mothers can raise their young and pass down their knowledge to cubs. For youngsters, as any human can relate in thinking of their own childhood, it’s a realm where bears frolic and enjoy a more carefree existence.

“I derive a huge amount of satisfaction when my photographs inform viewers about things they might not ordinarily consider,” Mangelsen says. “Here, it’s not just a meeting of bears around salmon in a breathtaking place. It’s a story about timing, of natural phenomena bringing together predator and prey as it’s been happening over eons. The cycles of nature are sophisticated and highly tuned. They function in ways we may never fully comprehend.”


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