About Brad

Brad Mangin

(Photo by Darren Carroll)

I am a freelance sports photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area where I have been photographing Major League Baseball for clients like Sports Illustrated and Major League Baseball Photos since 1987.

In 2022, along with co-author Brian Murphy, I teamed up with Buster Posey himself in 28: A Photographic Tribute to Buster PoseyThis coffee table book celebrates the star catcher’s twelve seasons with the San Francisco Giants.

I have published three other hardcover coffee table books about the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014. “Worth The Wait“, “NEVER. SAY. DIE“, and “Championship Blood” documented each championship season through my eyes from spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona to the victory parades in downtown San Francisco.

In April of 2013 I published a special book with Cameron + Company entitled “Instant Baseball: The Baseball Instagrams of Brad Mangin.” This book captures the 2012 MLB season from Spring Training beginning in February all the way through the World Series in October – all through the lens of Instagram on my iPhone. The book is available as an ebook in the iBookstore and you can also purchase signed copies in the store on this site.

Speaking at workshops, colleges, and other venues is one of my passions. I have had the pleasure of giving lectures at The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, Canon Live Learning in San Francisco and Costa Mesa, Western Kentucky University, The Olympic Club in San Francisco, The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, The Apple Store San Francisco, The Apple Store SoHo, The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, The Sports Shooter Luau, Rich Clarkson’s Sports Photography Workshop, The San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Photo Night, ASMP, Brooks Institute, San Jose State University, University of Nevada, and Stanford University.

In 2011 I served as a judge for the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism contest, and in 2008 I judged the 64th Pictures of the Year International photo contest in Columbia, Missouri. In 2006 I was awarded the Ohlone College Alumnus of the Year.

Upon graduating from San Jose State University in 1988 with a degree in photojournalism, my work experience ranged from being a staff photographer at the Contra Costa Times, stringing for The Associated Press and shooting trading cards for The Upper Deck Company. One of my career highlights includes working for the legendary sports photographer Neil Leifer as the Bay Area staff photographer at The National Sports Daily in 1990. I was a regular contributor to Sports Illustrated from 1993-2016.

Since becoming a full-time freelance photographer in 1993, I have photographed everything from the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta to the historic World Series in Chicago and Cleveland in 2016. In between, I have covered a number of Super Bowls, All Star games and playoff games all over the United States.

I am available for assignment work, and my complete image archive, which contains some of the most memorable moments in sports since 1986, is fully searchable from within my website.