As I put the finishing touches to my new book (Rizzoli, September 2019), I felt drawn towards Scotland and specifically Glencoe and Glen Etive - as they are home to some of the most geologically raw visuals on earth. Despite being a proud Scot, I don't give this part of the world as much attention as I should - which is an error given the unique drama of the topography.
There may not be alpha predators in the hood, but the stags in the autumn can be magnificent and the Highland cattle are amongst the most decorative in the world. The wild scenery is complemented perfectly by the wild look of the Highland cattle and for centuries the double act has attracted the painters' brush - most notably George Turner's student Louis B Hurt. He was from Derbyshire, but his romanticist brush was manifestly focused on the North and he was known as Derbyshire's John Constable. No one more than Hurt glorified the magnificence of nature in the Highlands.
Photography is all about access and thanks to the Fleming Family, I had that access to work this weekend - just down the glen from the famous closing scene in the Bond Film Skyfall. That Sunday was a glorious spring day and the evening offered me every chance to work the two variables together and make them one. The local estate managers and stalkers suggested that this was probably the first time that someone had the chance to photograph the most decorative of cows on the shores of the stunning Lochan Urr, just to the west of Dalness. The image has an emphatic sense of place and that was always the intent. It smells of whisky, bonhomie and a barbarous past.
I want to thank The Flemings and the McAlpines for all their support with this assignment. Without their support and advice, this idea had - as they say in Scotland - "nae chance".
David Yarrow was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1966. He took up photography at an early age and as a 20 year 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. But he 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 and the last eight 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 many 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 $40,000 a piece and his well-received recent work is now priced even higher.
At the Sotheby's photography auction in London in May - Yarrow's iconic image from South Sudan - Mankind - was sold for $75,000 - the highest of the 100 lots in the show. In April the following year David's image "The Wolf of Main Street" sold for $100,000 and was the highest bid for piece by a living photographer and most recently "78 Degrees North" went for an impressive $110,000.
In 2016, Rizzoli New York published his 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 indeed 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 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 Miller in Cincinnati. 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 extremely popular 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, on the advisory board of Tusk and Ambassador to the Kevin Richardson Foundation (). 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 companies most anticipated Camera release of the last decade. In December 2017 he shot TAG Heuer's latest campaign with Cara Delevingne.
His status as an artist and conservationist was confirmed in June 2017 when he was invited for a private lunch with President George W. Bush in Dallas, Texas.
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