David Yarrow was born in Glasgow in 1966. In 1986 he was named Young Scottish Photographer of the Year and that same year he covered the World Cup for The Times. His iconic photo of the victorious Maradona holding the trophy aloft was syndicated internationally and became the defining image of the tournament.
In turning his lens on the natural world, David has built an unrivalled reputation for capturing the beauty of the planet’s remote landscapes and endangered animals. His evocative, deeply immersive photographs have earned him an ever-growing following amongst collectors. Today his large, monochrome images can be seen in leading galleries and museums across Europe and North America.
In 2015 David’s photography of life in South Sudan featured in the Beasts of the Earth and the Spirit of Man exhibition at the Holden Luntz Gallery alongside the work of Sebastian Salagado, Joyce Tenneson and John Dugdale. In 2016 his third book – Wild Encounters – was published by Rizzoli New York with a foreword by HRH The Duke of Cambridge. All royalties from the book go to Tusk – a leading British NGO focused on animal conservation in Africa with whom David has had a longstanding relationship.
Philanthropy and conservation are central to David’s passion for capturing of the natural world in fresh, creative ways. Charitable donations from the sale of David’s work exceeded $600,000 in 2017, with four of David’s images raising $186,000 in just a few minutes at a Tusk Gala dinner in New York. Tusk, whose Royal Patron is HRH the Duke of Cambridge, receives 10% of all David’s print and book sales. The money raised so far has gone to support 53 projects in 18 different African countries.
David puts his understanding of key environmental and geopolitical issues to practical use in his long-term commitment as Tusk’s affiliated photographer. He sits on its advisory board and is also an ambassador for Wild Ark – a conservation organisation with a mission to inspire people to reconnect with nature and protect as much of the world’s biodiversity as possible. David is the author of two more fine-art photography books: Nowhere (2007) and Encounter (2013), which won the Spear’s Award for Outstandingly Produced Book in 2014.
In September 2017, David’s show at Galleri Fineart in Oslo will be his largest exhibition ever. The final months of the year will see him exhibiting solo shows in London, Monaco, Cincinnati and Chicago with shows already planned for next year in Toronto, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Paris. Yarrow has also been invited to exhibit at the internationally renowned Moscow House of Photography. In May 2017 Mankind – David’s iconic image from South Sudan – sold at Sotheby’s in London for $75,000.