David Yarrow was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1966. He took up photography at an early age and as a 20-year-old found himself working as a photographer for The London Times on the pitch at the World Cup Final in Mexico City. On that day, David took the famous picture of Diego Maradona holding the World Cup and, as a result, he was subsequently asked to cover the Olympics and numerous other sporting events. Many years later Yarrow established himself as a fine art photographer by documenting the natural world from new perspectives and the last nine years have been career defining.
Yarrow’s evocative and immersive photography of life on earth is most distinctive and it has earned him an ever growing following amongst art collectors. His large monochrome images made in Los Angeles are on display in leading galleries and museums across Europe and North America and his work is also a regular feature at established art fairs. By the spring of 2017, he had firmly established himself as one of the bestselling fine art photographers in the world, with the limited edition prints (just 12 in an edition) regularly selling at over $70,000 a piece and his well-received recent work is now priced even higher.
At the Sotheby’s photography auction in London in May 2017, Yarrow’s iconic image from South Sudan – Mankind – was sold for $75,000, the highest of the 100 lots in the show. In April of 2018 year David’s image “The Wolf of Main Street” sold for $100,000 and was the highest bid for piece by a living photographer. Most recently “78 Degrees North” went for an even more impressive $110,000.
In 2016, Rizzoli New York published Yarrow’s latest book – Wild Encounters – with a foreword written by HRH The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William). The book was awarded “Art Book of 2017” by Amazon and has already sold out a second print run. All Yarrow’s royalties from the book continue to be donated to Tusk, the leading British NGO that focuses on animal conservation in Africa.
Philanthropy and conservation are central to David Yarrow’s passion to document the animal and human world in a fresh and creative way. In 2017, charitable donations from the sale of David’s images exceeded $1.2 million, with four of David’s pieces raising $186,000 in just a few minutes at the Tusk Gala dinner in New York City in April 2017. In 2018 Yarrow’s work raised over $2 million, with $311,000 being raised on one night in October 2018 in collaboration with Tag Heuer and Cara Delevingne towards the Cara Delevingne Foundation.
In North America, he is represented by two leading photographic galleries in Holden Luntz in Palm Beach and Izzy in Toronto, as well as broader art galleries such as Samuel Lynne in Dallas and Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans. In Europe, David has a very strong presence in the Baltic – with Oslo, Antwerp and Amsterdam all key venues. David’s most recent partners Maddox have been influential in both London and Gstaad.
Yarrow’s position in the industry has been rewarded with a wide range of advisory and ambassadorial roles. In conservation, he is an ambassador for WildArk and on the advisory board of Tusk and an ambassador for the Kevin Richardson Foundation. (@lionwhisperersa). In 2017 Land Rover also appointed David as a global ambassador and creative partner. He is the European ambassador for Nikon and has recently been integral to the company’s most anticipated Camera release of the last decade.. In December 2017 he shot LVMH’s latest “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” campaign with Cara Delevingne which can be seen in airports around the world.
In Januaury 2019 David was been appointed as the global ambassador for UBS bank, the campaign posters launched in Zurich airport and can now be seen around the world.
In January 2019, David collaborated with American icon Cindy Crawford. The profit from the sales of these images are going to the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, as chosen by Cindy. So far the shoot has raised over $100,000 for this amazing cause.
David has continued his partnership with Land Rover as a global ambassador and creative partner. In May 2019, he was invited to Borana, Kenya to be the first person to photograph Land Rover’s flagship marketing campaign for the new Defender.
In September 2019, Rizzoli published the new book by David Yarrow. This 368 page photography monograph, showcases 150 of David’s strongest images from the past two years. The book features a foreword written by global NFL star Tom Brady and an afterword written by American cultural icon Cindy Crawford. All royalties from this book will be donated to conservation charities Tusk, in the UK and WildAid, in the US.