For more than two decades, acclaimed British photographer David Yarrow has immersed himself in some of the world’s most extreme locations in order to photograph revered and endangered species. Recognised as the leading best-selling fine art photographer of his genre, Yarrow’s photography of life on earth has earned him an ever growing following amongst investors and art collectors. Below, are several reasons why investors love to collect David Yarrow.
His auction results are out of this world
Represented by some of the top contemporary fine art galleries in the world, in the last two years, three of Yarrow’s works have sold for over $100,000 at Sotheby’s auctions in London and New York.
In April 2018, David Yarrow’s iconic ‘Wolf of Main Street’ image went up for auction at Sotheby’s New York and sold for $100,000 – up 400 per cent from the original estimate of $15,000 and setting a new record result for a piece from the series. This record was remarkably eclipsed when Yarrow’s breath-taking image of a Polar Bear titled ‘78 Degrees North’ sold for just under $109,000 (£81,250), 277 per cent more than its initial estimate of $18,000 at Sotheby’s London the following month; firmly establishing him as one of the bestselling photographers in the world.
Philanthropy and conservation are central to his work
Dedicated to conservation, David Yarrow’s position in the industry has been rewarded with a wide range of advisory and ambassadorial roles. An ambassador for WildArk and on the advisory board of Tusk – the leading British NGO that focuses on animal conservation in Africa, in 2017 alone, charitable donations from the sale of David Yarrow’s art exceeded $1.2 million and in 2018, he attained his goal of raising a further $1.5m for conservation and charitable projects. This year, Yarrow teamed up with Land Rover in support of Tusk to raise awareness of declining lion numbers in Africa through a set of stunning wildlife images. By purchasing art with a social conscience, investors are getting far more than just the artwork by supporting the lives of endangered animals and protecting our planet.
He captures the animal and human world in a fresh and creative way
Averse to photoshop and renowned for camping out for hours to achieve his shot, Yarrow’s large-scale monochrome images are uniquely identifiable. From the concept of his stunning photographs to their composition and construction, all of Yarrow’s photographs tell a distinctive story. Using a custom-made 14-pound steel box to house his camera and armed with a hand-held switch, Yarrow manages to capture images of animals which no other human being has ever managed to attain before. Unable to accept second best in his relentless pursuit of excellence, his dedicated approach sets him apart from others in the field.
A-Listers love him
With a horde of celebrity admirers including Gisele Bündchen, Gordon Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez and Jamie Redknapp, Yarrow continues to work with some of the world’s most exciting talent including iconic supermodels Cara Delevingne and Cindy Crawford to actress and activist Pamela Anderson. In 2016, Rizzoli New York published his book ‘Wild Encounters’ with a foreword written by HRH The Duke of Cambridge. In his most recent book – a compelling retrospective of some of his greatest works published by Rizzoli this October – NLF player Tom Brady has written the foreword, with all royalties of the book going towards conservation charities. Based on the precedent that big names make big headlines, celebrity fans add a certain starry quality for buyers; often providing them with more confidence to purchase – as demonstrated by the George Michael auction which took place at Christies earlier this year.
With his images heightening awareness of these species and raising huge sums for charity and conservation, Yarrow’s upcoming exhibition ‘Pride Rock’ will be on display at Maddox Gallery Westbourne Grove from the 30th of October to the 23rd of November.