The story behind Mangelsen’s masterwork: “Catch of the Day”
Each month we will bring you moments from Mangelsen’s adventures in the field.
View in Browser

Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery


The Legacy Reserve Collection represents some of the most meaningful moments in my life.

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 of the images featured in the 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.

Mangelsen's masterwork titled Catch of the Day from the Legacy Reserve Collection
Catch of the Day was photographed in 1988 in Brooks Falls, Alaska

The alluring picture before you is counted among the most famous wildlife photographs in the history of the camera. Often referenced as an example of narrative nature photography at its finest, it is indeed an iconic image.

It is Thomas D. Mangelsen’s most instantly recognizable and prized fine art photograph. With this jaw-dropping “predicament scene” in which the viewer is invited to imagine the outcome, Mangelsen captures the exact moment that a spawning sockeye salmon, leaping over the rapids at Brooks Falls, flies dramatically right into the awaiting opened jaws of a massive Alaskan brown bear.

Besides the visual impact, Catch of the Day is a testament to Mangelsen’s ability to previsualize a composition first in his mind’s eye, then positioning himself above the falls of Brooks River, allowing all of the critical elements to converge and pure magic to happen.

Over the years, since the unprecedented image was captured without digital manipulation, countless other nature photographers have attempted to emulate this Mangelsen classic.

Only 950 limited editions were originally released and they quickly sold out. The first 20 numbers were reserved until now and represent a rare opportunity to own a true Mangelsen masterwork.

The Legacy Reserve Collection represents some of the most meaningful moments in my life.

Every 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, Mangelsen’s work 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.

Add a Mangelsen masterwork to your art collection Tour dates for Mangelsen's A LIFE IN THE WILD traveling museum exhibition

Mangelsen's A LIFE IN THE WILD traveling museum exhibition begins in September 2018

Join us for Artist Receptions in Colorado this Saturday

You are cordially invited to the upcoming Artist Receptions! Meet renowned American nature photographer, Thomas D. Mangelsen at these exclusive Mangelsen—Images of Nature Gallery events! Throughout the evening Tom will be available for signing and sharing stories from his photographic adventures. If you cannot attend, email an Art Consultant in Steamboat Springs or Park City or call Customer Support at 800-228-9686 to personally handle your fine art photography selections!


February 23 | Park City, Utah: Gallery Stroll from 6-9pm
Come enjoy light refreshments and stroll through some of the best art galleries in the West. Free and open to the public. Tom will not be appearing at this event.

February 24 | Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Artist Reception from 5-9pm

March 3 | Park City, Utah: Artist Reception from 5-9pm

March 3 | La Jolla, California: Seal Talk & Walk at 2pm
It is pupping season for the La Jolla Harbor Seals! Please join us every other Saturday for a talk on Seal Biology and Behavior followed by a short walk to Casa Beach organized by Seal Society of Sierra Club San Diego. Admission is Free. Tom will not be appearing at this event.

Shop The Art at Mangelsen.comFollow Mangelsen on FacebookFollow Mangelsen on InstagramTune in to watch Mangelsen on his YouTube ChannelFollow Mangelsen on Pinterest

To make sure you hear from us in your inbox (not bulk or junk folders), please add to your address book.

Copyright 2018 Thomas D. Mangelsen, Inc. All rights reserved.

Traveling Museum Exhibition | Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild