David Yarrow

Artist David Yarrow, Samuel Lynne Galleries

David Yarrow was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1966. He took up photography at an early age and at 20 years old, he 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. Yarrow refused to be pigeonholed and his interests expanded as he grew into himself. It was only many years later that he found his true comfort zone in documenting the natural world. The last eight years have been career-defining for David.


David Yarrow’s evocative and immersive photography of life on earth is most distinctive and has earned him an ever-growing following amongst art collectors. He has an undeniable aptitude for capturing the splendor of what remains wild and free in our world. Yarrow is one of the most relevant and compelling photographers in the world today and has firmly established himself as one of the bestselling fine art photographers of his generation.


Yarrow’s work has sold remarkably over the years at Sotheby’s auction house. In 2018, “The Wolf of Main Street” sold for $100,000, which was the highest bid for a piece by a living photographer. Most recently “78 Degrees North” went for an even more impressive $110,000. These statistics reinforce the current value of the rising trajectory of David’s work.


In 2016, Rizzoli New York published his 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. The 2019 release of Yarrow’s second book, also published by Rizzoli Bookstore, is a 268-page photography monograph, which showcases 150 of his strongest images from the past two years. The book features a first-person narrative weaved through the pages, with a foreword written by global NFL star Tom Bray 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 indeed central to Yarrow’s passion to document the animal and human world in a fresh and creative way. 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. In luxury goods, he was appointed a global ambassador and creative partner for Land Rover in 2017. He is the European ambassador for Nikon and he has recently been integral to the company’s most anticipated camera release of the last decade. He has been appointed as the global ambassador for UBS bank. In December 2017, Yarrow shot LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, better known as LVMH’s latest campaign with Cara Delevingne. By 2019, Yarrow has firmly established himself as one of the bestselling fine art photographers in the world and his work clearly defines this statement.