Snake River Crossing | Legacy Reserve Collection

Grand Teton 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: 3047LR

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Every autumn, as aspen leaves turn golden, thousands of elk migrate from the mountainous high country around Yellowstone toward winter range on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole. The movement is a primordial parade, punctuated by bugling bull elk that vie for dominance over rivals and try to draw females into their breeding harems.

Over many decades, Thomas D. Mangelsen has born witness to the wapiti pilgrimage, always searching for a photograph that conveys the ethereal flavor of the season. Snake River Crossing is his masterpiece and one of his most challenging images. “I had walked the riverbank for many years searching for that perfect backdrop. A place where the river bends in front of the dark spruce forest, with a splash of golden aspen mixed in, and where well-used trails crisscross the scene that elk use to cross the Snake River.”

Mangelsen continues, “After arriving many mornings before light with no elk crossing, finally one day as the sun crested the mountain, a giant bull and his harem of nearly 30 cows crossed the river where I had pre-visualized the scene and patiently waited. As the bull’s harem disappeared into heavy fog lifting off the river, the great bull paused briefly and gave a final bugle to a would be challenger, announcing he was indeed this harem’s master.”


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