Guardian of Knight Inlet | Legacy Reserve Collection

British Columbia, 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: 2851LR

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Thomas D. Mangelsen always puts a lot of thought into choosing titles for his photographs, at times favoring poetry over more basic descriptions of natural history.

The coastal rainforest stretching from California northward through British Columbia into Alaska has produced some of the mightiest trees and richest temperate ecosystems in the world. Although many of the forests have been clear cut, the living arboreal giants felled, Mangelsen saw in this photograph in Knight Inlet, along the coast of British Columbia, a vision that humankind will hopefully be more enlightened in the future.

“I believe in the mystery of Mother Nature, in her resilience and more than ever I understand her fragility,” Mangelsen says. “The sight of a coil of rusting cable anchored in stone among the golden kelp evoked memories of years past when giant barges were loaded with the remnants of old growth forests being shipped to distant lands. This image reminds me that when some things vanish, they do so forever.”

When at last a gentle rain came, the bear, viewed as the "Guardian of Knight Inlet", was enshrouded in a squall and then, when it lifted, was gone.


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