Volcano National Park, Ruanda 2020
Archival Pigment Print on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta Paper
Each is signed, dated and numbered on the front.
Edition Size: 12
Available in the following sizes:
Print Size: 51" x 37"
Framed Size: 62” x 48" (158 cm x 122 cm)
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Print Size: 77" x 56"
Framed Size: 88” x 67” (224 cm x 170 cm)
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Framed in David Yarrow's custom black ash frame with white archival mat and UV protective acrylic.
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David Yarrow's Statement about THE THINKER:
Bunyenyeri is the second silverback in the Umubano group in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda and the biggest of the three. I knew that I had the opportunity to take a portrait of him as he was so relaxed in my company that morning.
A key part of the camera puzzle in the jungle is the depth of field, as the light can often be suboptimal. Luckily on this occasion I could compromise shutter speed and treat myself to some depth in the focus. The bigger issue was the size of the gorilla’s head. To shoot landscape format risks either losing the top of the head or going looser and having a load of negative space above both shoulders. But to shoot portrait is not my default position - it is, in fact, quite rare for me.
I do remember my cognitive processing at the time and, as all times with gorillas are intense, sometimes that processing is sub optimal and a little panicky. I simply thought if I can’t shoot portrait on this occasion, I may as well forget that a camera can be held at 90 degrees.
The image works and the bigger the print the more the impact. When I think of silverbacks, I think of their sovereignty, their power and their wisdom. When they appear lost in thought - as Bunyenyeri does in this portrait - I doubt those thoughts have a limited narrative, in fact they could well put us all to shame. He has seen a great deal in his 21 years and the camera does not lie.
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.