South Africa, 2018
Archival Pigment Print on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta Paper
Each is signed, dated and numbered on the front.
Edition Size: 12
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Print Size: 67" x 56"
Framed Size: 78” x 67” (198 cm x 170 cm)
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David Yarrow's Statement about THOR:
As we all know, in Norse mythology Thor was the god of thunder and lightning. Kevin Richardson - The Lion Whisperer - had a favourite white lion on his wildlife sanctuary which he named Thor and the two built up a remarkable and trusting bond. Thor was magnificent and handsome - truly the stuff of fairytales.
On the evening of December 5, 2013, Kevin struggled to sleep, as violent storms swept across the veldt and he had a premonition that something was wrong. He went to check on his lions and his instincts were sadly right - Thor had been struck by lightning and killed. This is no myth or fable - it is the heartbreaking reality. Astonishingly, it was also the day, that Nelson Mandela - the lion of Africa passed away - less than an hour's drive from where Thor had been struck by lightning.
This remains one of the most extraordinary stories I have heard in the wild and hints at dark powers somewhere up in the sky. You could not make it up.
White Lions are a colour mutation of the lion and rarely found outside the Timbavati region of South Africa. To Kevin, Thor was unique and seemingly irreplaceable. But over time, the wounds healed and it was a spiritual moment to recently find that there was a beautiful new three-year old white lion in the sanctuary.
It must have been an emotional and difficult decision - but Kevin has named him Thor. He is a stunner - just like his namesake.
DAVID YARROW BIOGRAPHY:
Born Glasgow, Scotland in 1966., David Yarrow took up photography at an early age and as a 20-year-old 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’s evocative and immersive photography of life on earth is most distinctive and it has earned him an ever growing following among collectors. He has firmly established himself as one of the bestselling fine art photographers in the world, with the limited edition prints regularly selling at over $70,000 and with recent work selling in the six figures at auction.
At the Sotheby’s photography auction in London in May 2017, Yarrow’s iconic image from South Sudan – MANKIND – was sold for $75,000, the highest of the 100 lots in the show. In April of 2018 year David’s image “The Wolf of Main Street” sold for $100,000 and was the highest bid for piece by a living photographer. Most recently “78 Degrees North” went for an even more impressive $110,000.
In 2016, Rizzoli New York published Yarrow’s 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 central to David Yarrow’s passion to document the animal and human world in a fresh and creative way. In 2019 charitable donations from the sale of David’s images exceeded $2.5 million.
David Yarrow is brand ambassador for Land Rover and UBS Bank; he is European ambassador for Nikon Camera. In December 2017 he shot Tag Heuer LVMH’s latest “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” campaign with model and actress Cara Delevingne. In January 2019, David collaborated with American icon Cindy Crawford.
In September 2019, Rizzoli published Yarrow's 368 page photography monograph, showcasing 150 of David’s strongest images from the past two years. The book features a foreword written by global NFL star Tom Brady 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.