Photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has been described as a spiritual descendant of pioneering American nature photographers Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, and Edward Weston. Over his more than 40 years of traveling to the wildest corners of North America and beyond, Mangelsen has produced a body of work that includes truly awe-inspiring landscapes, some of the most recognizable wildlife scenes ever photographed including many which are counted among the most important of the modern environmental age, and, like those of Adams, Porter and Weston before him, photographs that coveted by collectors world wide. Jane Goodall and Bill Allen, the now retired editor in chief of National Geographic, consider Mangelsen to be one of the most important nature photographers of his generation. “His photographs have impact that stay with you,” Allen says; “They allow viewers to momentarily escape from their busy lives and dwell inside big humbling landscapes.” “Rather than being mere documentarian in their purpose, they also reveal personalities of wild, sometimes imperiled animals, reminding us that they are creatures of remarkable sentience.” All of the images in Mangelsen’s corpus were taken in the wild under natural conditions; the result of him waiting for the “picture perfect moment” across decades and often in hostile conditions. Such a body of work can only be achieved by having a heightened sense of animal behavior, an uncanny feel for being able to read changing atmospherics in the environment, and patience. At a time when digital technology is, notoriously, reprogramming its users to have shorter attention spans (and there is, according to Richard Louv, a pandemic of Nature Deficit Disorder), A LIFE IN THE WILD stands as a testament -- make that an exclamation point -- to the rewards that can come to people who slow down their lives and wait for nature’s revelations to happen. A LIFE IN THE WILD showcases signature photographs of landscape and wildlife in North America, which speak to a common heritage we all share. “Polar Dance,” is a whimsical portrait of polar bears appearing to prance in the Arctic that National Geographic called one of the most important of our time for getting viewers to ponder the consequences of climate change. The exhibition also includes a selection of photographs from Mangelsen’s work on all of the other continents.
THOMAS D. MANGELSEN A LIFE IN THE WILD PROSPECTUS http://davidjwagnerllc.com/MangelsenProspectus4pg_v3.4.pdf CONTENTS: Forty Classic, Framed Photographs (ranging from 3’ to 10’ wide), Title Panel, Descriptive Labels, plus Film on DVD/Blu-ray for Airing During Exhibition SUPPORT: Education, Press, and Registration Materials EDUCATION: Reception Guest Appearances, Lectures, Workshops by Thomas D. Mangelsen (pending scheduling) SALES: Books, Calendars, and Other Product Line WEBSITE: http://mangelsen.com/exhibition