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, 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 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 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: His well- received recent work is now priced even higher.
Yarrow’s work has consistently fetched strong prices at major auctions with Sotheby’s. In 2017 Mankind sold for $75,000, in 2018 The Wolf of Main Street sold for $100,000, 78 Degrees North went for $81,250 in 2019 and finally, Africa sold for an impressive $106,000 in 2019.
In September 2019, Rizzoli published their second 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.
Philanthropy and conservation are central to David Yarrow’s passion to document the animal and human world in a fresh and creative way. In 2018 Yarrow’s work raised over $2 million, and in 2019 the brand surpassed this figure to reach $2.4 million. In December 2019, David’s work, “The Wolves of Wall Street”, featuring Jordan Belfort, and signed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, raised $200k at ART Miami for a charity of DiCaprio’s choice. Over the course of 2020, the sales of these prints will likely raise over $1m for conservation.
In North America, he is represented by leading photographic gallery Holden Luntz Gallery in Palm Beach as well as Samuel Lynne in Dallas and Casterline Goodman in Aspen. In Europe, David has a very strong presence in London through Maddox Gallery and also in the Baltic – with Oslo, Antwerp and Amsterdam all key venues.
Yarrow’s position in the industry has been rewarded with a wide range of advisory and ambassadorial roles. Philanthropically he is an ambassador for WildArk, The Kevin Richardson Foundation, and Best Buddies and sits on the advisory board of Tusk. In 2017 Land Rover appointed David as a global ambassador and creative partner and in 2019 he collaborated on the release of the new Defender. 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 appointed as the global ambassador for UBS bank, the campaign posters launched in Zurich airport and can now be seen around the world. David also 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 $250,000 for this amazing cause.
At the start of 2020, David was in Australia documenting the devastating bush fires that have destroyed communities, wildlife and wildlands. Using the striking and poignant images that he captured of the effects of the fire, Yarrow launched the #KoalaComeback Campaign to support the recovery efforts in Australia, as of early March the campaign has raised $1.3 million.
The campaign has been endorsed and supported by global champions across the world: In Australia, actor Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa as well as Australian cricket legend Shane Warne and three time world surf champion Mick Fanning; in the UK, the phenomenon Cara Delevingne; and in the United States, supermodel Cindy Crawford, six time NFL champion Tom Brady, and Earth Alliance cofounder, environmental activist and Academy Award®-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio.