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For the week of September 27 through October 3, 2000

Images of Nature

A new gallery of Thomas Mangelsen’s photography


By ADAM TANOUS
Express Staff Writer

On Saturday, Sept. 30, Images of Nature, a gallery exhibiting the nature photography of Thomas Mangelsen, will join the ranks of 29 other art galleries in Ketchum showing a variety of genres and media. The new gallery will move into a building on Main Street previously occupied by Silverado.

Mangelsen, who opened his first gallery in Jackson, Wyo., in 1978, has since opened 11 other galleries, primarily in resort towns such as Park City, Utah; La Jolla, Calif.; Palm Desert, Calif.; and Steamboat Springs, Colo.

The Ketchum gallery will showcase Mangelsen’s work in North America, Alaska, Canada, South America, Africa and India.

Growing up in Grand Island, Neb., Mangelsen spent many days of his youth hunting and observing wildlife along the Platte River. With this experience came a patience and an understanding of animal behavior that later served him well in his nature photography. In a telephone interview, Mangelsen said that spending many hours in duck blinds, he became a "keen observer of wildlife and learned about animal behavior."

Mangelsen went on to study biology in college and then zoology and wildlife biology in graduate school at the University of Nebraska and Colorado State University. Mangelsen’s major advisor in graduate school was a world-famous wildlife biologist named Paul Johnsgard. Mangelsen credited Johnsgard for first encouraging him to photograph animals in the wild.

Working as a cinematographer in 1974, Mangelsen earned an opportunity to film for National Geographic. The project was to film the plight of the endangered whooping crane and chronicle efforts to restore the species. The resulting television special, Flight of the Whooping Crane, was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Another cinematography project of Mangelsen’s led to the PBS Nature and BBC Natural World film, Cranes of the Grey Wind. It is a documentary about the life cycle of the sandhill crane.

In addition to exhibiting his work in his own galleries, Mangelsen has shown his work in the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyo.; the Natural History Museum in London; and King Sportsman’s Edge Gallery in New York City.

Mangelsen has published three books of photography:

 Images of Nature: The Photographs of Thomas Mangelsen (1989) documents the natural history of North America.

 Polar Dance: Born of the North Wind (1996) is the product of having photographed polar bears in the wild for eight years. The text, written by Fred Bruemmer, details the story of a mother polar bear and her two cubs through a complete cycle of the seasons.

 Spirit of the Rockies: The Mountain Lions of Jackson Hole was published this year.

Beyond galleries, film and books, Mangelsen’s work has appeared in a number of national publications including National Geographic, Audubon and Smithsonian.

 

Mangelsen said that he "strives to show animals in their real environments…to capture their essence…in their habitat."

Mangelsen, who now works to protect mountain lions in his home state of Wyoming, further elaborated his view of photographic work in a press release: "May these images inspire you to experience and preserve the wonders of our natural world."

 

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