Rainwalk | Legacy Reserve Collection

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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: 6136LR

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Primordial, otherworldly, surreal, Thomas D. Mangelsen’s portrait of giraffes in Serengeti National Park allows us to imagine a window into the Jurassic when longneck dinosaurs lumbered across the earth. In Rainwalk, Mangelsen waited for the banded cloud formations of an intense thunderstorm to descend. Here, along the desiccated shore of Tanzania’s Lake Ndutu during the dry season, giraffes gather in anticipation of the coming downpour.

“The giraffes knew that a drink of fresh water was coming. They could feel it with the advance of humidity in the air,” Mangelsen says. “They began circling, pacing, waiting, listening to the rumbles of thunder growing louder. For a couple of unforgettable hours I was fortunate to witness it all come together across a vast panorama.”

Lake Ndutu is most noted for its migrations of wildebeest and zebra. But hundreds of different species, in fact, are drawn to its liquid sustenance, including a large population of pink flamingos. The lake’s persistence, scientists say, is threatened by shifting weather patterns associated with climate change.


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