Andy Mann

Polar Visitor

Framing questions? Framing answers.

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After going to sleep aboard the Freya, an arctic research vessel circumnavigating around Svalbard, Norway, I heard a gentle knock on my door around 2:30 a.m. “A bear is approaching, please quietly make your way out to the deck if you’d like to observe it,” said the guide. I grabbed my camera and rushed down the hallway, noticing I had accidentally left my 12-24mm wide angle lens mounted on the camera body overnight. Not the best lens for photographing distant polar bears. I’ll just have a quick look outside, I thought. I opened the port-side door to the deck; the cold air hit my face as I scanned the horizon for bears. Nothing. Moments later, I heard a heavy breath at my feet, even before I smelled it. I looked down to see a mother bear had stood up on her hind feet and was taking a good look at my muck boots through the ship’s gunnel hole. My photo instincts are much sharper than my survival instincts, I bent down in front of her and took a few photos before she lost interest, gathered her cubs, and made her way back into the mist. I thanked my lucky stars for walking out into this moment with the “wrong” lens. A little luck goes a long way.

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Dimensions + Editions

8 x 10 Print

Edition Size Open
Image 6.33 x 9.5
Full-Bleed Frame 9.25 x 11.25
Matted Frame 13 x 15

11 x 14 Print

Edition Size Open
Image 9 x 13.5
Full-Bleed Frame 12.25 x 15.25
Matted Frame 17 x 20

16 x 20 Print

Edition Size Open
Image 12.66 x 19
Full-Bleed Frame 17.25 x 21.25
Matted Frame 22.5 x 26.5


Emmy-nominated Director and National Geographic photographer, Andy Mann, has been a forerunner in the world of adventure film and conservation photography for over a decade.

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