Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild

Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild

Image above: Light In The Forest (Bengal Tiger) 1998, Framed Archival Print, 50×70 by Thomas D. Mangelsen

Person viewing framed Mangelsen images in a gallery.American nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has been praised by many as a spiritual descendent of Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter and Edward Weston.

After spending nearly 50 years of travelling to the wildest corners of North America and beyond, Mangelsen has become legendary for producing a body of work that includes truly awe-inspiring landscapes and some of the most recognizable wildlife scenes ever photographed, including many counted among the most important of the modern environmental age. Like those of Adams, Porter and Weston before him, his photographs are coveted by collectors worldwide.

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 an impact that stays 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 imperilled animals, reminding us that they are creatures of remarkable sentience.”

A LIFE IN THE WILD is an exhibition containing 40 of Mangelsen’s most resonant images—images that take viewers on a journey into the haunts of iconic species whose struggles for survival are metaphorical fulcrums for reflection in the 21st century.

In an age of rampant digital manipulation of imagery and an era in which many nature photographers take shortcuts to amass portfolios by frequenting “game farms”—facilities that rent out wildlife “models” by the hour—Mangelsen’s work stands as a striking and noble counterpoint, Allen says.

Every single image in Mangelsen’s portfolio has been 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, A LIFE IN THE WILD stands as a testament to the rewards that can come to people who slow down their lives and wait for nature’s revelations to happen. For more information about the exhibition, view the prospectus.

Une vie dans la Nature Sauvage

Produit par David J. Wagner, L.L.C

UNE RETROSPECTIVE D’IMAGES HÉRITEES de plus de 40 ans de photographie de nature et de la faune capturant les derniers grands lieux sauvages sur Terre.

Le photographe américain Thomas D. Mangelsen a été considéré par beaucoup comme le descendant spirituel d’Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter et Edward Weston.

Au cours de plus de 40 ans de voyage dans les coins les plus sauvages d’Amérique du Nord et au-delà, Mangelsen est devenu légendaire en produisant un ensemble de travaux qui comprend des paysages impressionnants et certaines scènes de la vie sauvage les plus reconnaissables jamais photographiées, dont beaucoup comptent parmi les plus importantes de l’âge de l’environnement moderne. Comme celles d’Adams, Porter et Weston avant lui, ses photographies sont convoitées par les collectionneurs dans le monde entier.

A LIFE IN THE WILD est une exposition contenant 40 des images les plus r̩sonnantes de Mangelsen Рdes images qui am̬nent les spectateurs en voyage dans les lieux sp̩cifiques, fr̩quent̩s par des esp̬ces embl̩matiques, dont les luttes pour la survie sont des axes de r̩flexion m̩taphoriques pour le XXIe si̬cle.

Chaque image du portfolio de Mangelsen a été prise à l’état sauvage dans des conditions naturelles; Le résultat pour lui étant d’attendre le «moment parfait pour une image» à travers des décennies et souvent dans des conditions hostiles. Un tel corps de travail ne peut être atteint qu’en ayant un sens élevé du comportement animal, une sensation étrange pour être capable de lire l’atmosphère changeante dans l’environnement et de la patience.

Languages: English, French
 Priced According to Duration of Display
Shipping Cost:
Minimum Rental Period:
 8 weeks
Under 5,000 sq ft / 465 sq m
2021 and beyond 
Security Level:
Number of Crates:
2 to 4
Total Crated Weight:
Original Objects:
20 to 40 Classic, Framed Photographs (ranging from 3’ to 10’ wide). Available in two size formats to meet a variety of gallery spaces. Includes a Title Panel, Descriptive Labels, plus Film on DVD/Blu-ray for Airing During Exhibition. 
Supplementary Materials:
Education, Press, Registration, and Retail. Reception Guest Appearances, Lectures, Workshops by Thomas D. Mangelsen (pending scheduling).

Tour Itinerary

September 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019
The Durham Museum, Omaha, NE

February 18 – June 2, 2019
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago Academy of Sciences
Chicago, IL

June 19 – September 10, 2019
Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak, MI

October 1 – December 20, 2019
The Evelyn Burrow Museum | Wallace State Community College
Hanceville, AL

January 10 – March 15, 2020
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Stamford, CT

September 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT

January 30 – May 30, 2021
Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature, Victoria, BC Canada

June – December 2021



For more information, please contact:

Lending Organization: David J. Wagner, L.L.C
Contact Person: David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director
Telephone: +1.414.221.6878