David Yarrow was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1966. He started photography at a very young age, working for the London Times at the age of 20. It was on the day of the World Cup final in Mexico City that he took his first famous photo: Diego Maradona holding the World Cup in the middle of the crowd. Thanks to this photograph, he was invited to cover the Olympic Games and many other sporting events.
Over the past decade, David Yarrow has established himself as an artist, presenting the wild world from new perspectives.
Photographs like “Life on Earth” have begun to attract a growing number of art collectors. His gigantic prints are exhibited in major galleries and museums around the world, and his work regularly fetches record prices at prestigious public sales at Sotheby’s or Christie’s.
In September 2019, Rizzoli published David Yarrow’s second book. The book’s foreword was written by NFL (National Football League) world star Tom Brady and the afterword by famous American supermodel Cindy Crawford. All proceeds from the book are being donated to two African wildlife charities, Tusk in the UK and WildAid in the US.
David Yarrow’s reputation in the business has earned him multiple ambassadorial roles such as WildArk and the Kevin Richardson Foundation. As a European ambassador for Nikon, he participated in the launch of their new camera that has been awaited for nearly 10 years. In December 2017, he shot Tag Heuer’s latest campaign “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” with Cara Delevingne, which can be seen in airports around the world. In January 2019, David was named a global ambassador for UBS, and most recently, in the spring of 2020, David was named a global ambassador for Best Buddies, a leading children’s charity in the United States.
In 2018 and 2019, David’s work raised over $4.5 million for charity. At Art Miami in December 2019, David’s photograph “The Wolves of Wall Street” broke new records. A print, signed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, featuring the real Wolves of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort – sold for $200,000. The proceeds went to NGOs supported by DiCaprio.
In early 2020, David was in Australia photographing the fires that destroyed communities, wildlife and wild lands. Through his striking and poignant images Yarrow launched the #KoalaComeback campaign to support the rebuilding effort in Australia. As of early June, the campaign had raised $1.4 million.
In April 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, David joined the Art For Heroes campaign to raise money for the NHS (National Health Service). He made an “Our Pride” print with all proceeds going to Heroes. For every print sold, David donated an “Our Pride” print to an NHS employee. The campaign exceeded its initial target of £1 million.
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