“I must never again put myself in a position where my work ethic can be undone by things totally beyond my control.” — David Yarrow
In his genre, David Yarrow (@davidyarrow) is one of the world’s best-selling fine art photographers. Most recently, he has focused on capturing the animal and human worlds in fresh and creative ways, with philanthropy and conservation central to this drive. In 2019, charitable donations from the sale of David’s images exceeded $2.5 million.
David’s photography of life on earth has earned him a large and ever-growing following among art collectors, and he is now represented by some of the top contemporary fine art galleries around the world. In the last two years, three of Yarrow’s works have sold for more than $100,000 at Sotheby’s auctions in London and New York, and UBS has appointed David as its global ambassador.
In this conversation, we’ll talk about his photography but also touch on how his double life as a hedge fund manager informed his art.
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Want to hear an episode with another photographer who approached art from the world of finance? — Listen to my conversation with Humans of New York’s very own Brandon Stanton in which we discuss biographies as history, a history major’s philosophical take on the stock market, obsession, striving for improvement, and much more.
SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
- Connect with David Yarrow:
- 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico | FIFA
- The University of Edinburgh
- National Football League (NFL)
- International Olympic Committee (IOC)
- Bungs, Babes and Rocket-Propelled Grenades — Two Weeks That Rocked FIFA and Changed the Face of Football | The Telegraph
- The Mexico City Earthquake, 30 Years On: Have Its Lessons Been Forgotten? | The Guardian
- The Times
- What Is A Follow Focus? | Shutter Muse
- Estadio Azteca, Mexico City | The Stadium Guide
- The Apocryphal Twain: “The Two Most Important Days of Your Life…” | Center for Mark Twain Studies
- Maradona, Mexico 1986 | David Yarrow Photography
- Diego Maradona | Prime Video
- Senna | Prime Video
- Amy | Prime Video
- Tango World Championships, Buenos Aires | Tim Ferris
- Boca Juniors
- Diego Maradona: Napoli’s Patron Saint and Champion | Goal
- Your First 10,000 Photographs May Include Some of Your Best | PetaPixel
- Upcoming Events: Casterline Goodman, Aspen | David Yarrow Photography
- Why Kitzbühel is Skiing’s Wildest Ride | CNN
- The White Cliffs of Dover | National Trust
- Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics | IOC
- Eddie the Eagle | Prime Video
- Getty Images
- NatWest Online
- Wall Street | Prime Video
- How the Big Bang Changed the City of London Forever | BBC News
- Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar
- Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis
- Salomon Brothers | Investopedia
- Downton Abbey | Prime Video
- Yarrow Shipbuilders | Wikipedia
- Barbarians at the Gate (Film)
- The Wolf Of Wall Street | Prime Video
- Mark Haines on September 11, 2001 | CNBC
- Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Bear Stearns | Wikipedia
- Scottish Banking History | CSCB
- Bollocks | Merriam-Webster
- The Real Reason Fairfield Greenwich Group Blew $7.5 Billion On Madoff | Business Insider
- What is Difference Between Endogeneous and Exogeneous Variables? | ResearchGate
- Paul Tudor Jones: Documentary of Trading and Life | Investors Journal
- Humans of New York
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Events as They Happen | WHO
- Paul Tudor Jones: Stocks Could Retest Lows as Coronavirus Peaks, Followed by a Rally | CNBC
- Where Are Africa’s Billions? | Transparency.org
- Why Trump Can’t Stop His Coronavirus Briefings | The Atlantic
- Tom Ford
- Federal Reserve Board
- Greenock’s Titanic Links | Greenock Telegraph
- Tiger Management | Wikipedia
- More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite by Sebastian Mallaby
- The Tiger Cub Hedge Funds Are Killing It Once Again. 20 Yrs after Tiger Management Folded, Its Mystique Endures. | WhaleWisdom Alpha
- Armageddon | Prime Video
- Jaws | Prime Video
- Jaws | David Yarrow, Facebook
- Where Are South Africa’s Great White Sharks? | Mongabay
- Simon’s Town | A Visitors Guide
- Harbour Lights Restaurant | Kalk Bay
- Jerry Maguire | Prime Video
- Forrest Gump | Prime Video
- Earth Song (Official Video) | Michael Jackson
- Amboseli & Tsavo National Park Holidays | Africa Travel
- FIGJAM | Wikipedia
- The Crown | Netflix
- Dallas Cowboys
- Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
- Love Actually | Prime Video
- Palm Beach | FL
- Aspen | CO
- Arthur Roger Gallery | New Orleans, LA
- New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)
- 2020 Masters Tournament
- LIK Fine Art
- Breaking Bad | Prime Video
- Marfa | TX
- Montana’s Official State Website
- Ghost Towns and History of the American West
- Big Bend National Park | US National Park Service
- Game of Thrones | Prime Video
- How We Must Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic | Bill Gates, TED
- Wisconsin Badgers
- Bridge of Spies | Prime Video
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Timestamps will be added shortly.
- Why is it smart to only publish heavy books in Scotland, and what happened to David in Mexico in 1986?
- How did David’s lucky experience of shooting what turned out to be an iconic photo of Argentine football demigod Diego Maradona set him on a path of self-improvement, and where did he go from there?
- What David took away from shooting the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
- Keeping an uncertain eye to the future with nary an artistic role model in his field of vision, what made David decide to accept a job that delighted his parents?
- David talks about his relationship with his father and a conversation they had that he’ll never forget.
- What did David learn in banking that informed his later exploration of photography?
- Where was David on 9/11, and how did its aftermath affect his life over the months that followed?
- How did the downfall of Bernie Madoff lead to David’s own exit from the glamorous world of finance?
- The difference between selling hedge funds and pictures of elephants.
- As someone who once made a living speculating, what did David foresee for the world in the months to come when we recorded this back in March of 2020 — just as COVID-19 was beginning to be taken seriously in the US?
- Thoughts on Paul Tudor Jones’ observations and predictions about the market at this point in time, and why David is relieved he’s not handling other people’s investments right now.
- On the connection between Steven Spielberg, a breaching South African great white shark that almost made David give up photography as a career, and a Texan attorney who made it worth his while.
- David used to sell photos in the London Underground for £20, and his claim to fame was the time he got spat on by John McEnroe at Wimbledon.
- How professional photography is more collegiate and cooperative than a zero-sum game that others need to fail in order for you to succeed (and vice versa).
- What does David mean when he says he’s using “the wholesale market” to sell his art? What are the terms, benefits, and costs that can be expected?
- How did Dallas come to be David’s “number two” market? What challenges exist in some markets that make others more viable to an artist like David?
- How did David come to be represented by a gatekeeper who had rejected him five times before, and what can you learn in a resort town?
- Is Palm Beach an important market for revenue to David, or is it important symbolically? What about the rest of the US?
- FIGJAM versus third-party affirmation.
- Why David believes Breaking Bad should be studied by visual artists as well as economics/business students.
- On the value of being tougher on yourself.
- What is David’s fascination with the Netflix business model, Montana, and ghost towns?
- David is known for collaborating with others — often celebrities. How did he land his first celebrity collaboration, and what has his experience been like working with celebrities since?
- Parting thoughts.
- Alex Ferguson
- Mark Twain
- Diego Maradona
- Asif Kapadia
- Ayrton Senna
- Amy Winehouse
- Jesus Christ
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
- Rob Boyd
- Steve Podborski
- Ken Read
- Bill Johnson
- Katarina Witt
- Eddie the Eagle
- Eric Yarrow
- Gordon Gekko
- Bud Fox
- Oliver Stone
- Michael Lewis
- Jordan Belfort
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Bernie Madoff
- Paul Tudor Jones
- Brandon Stanton
- Chase Jarvis
- Julian Robertson
- Tom Ford
- Errol Flynn
- Martin Scorsese
- Steven Spielberg
- Vince Vaughn
- Tom Hanks
- Cameron Crowe
- Tom Cruise
- John McEnroe
- Coco Gauff
- Jimmy Connors
- Vitas Gerulaitis
- Nick Brandt
- Michael Jackson
- Peter Beard
- Andy Warhol
- Pablo Picasso
- Jean-Michel Basquiat
- George W. Bush
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Troy Aikman
- J.K. Rowling
- Arthur Roger
- Peter Lik
- John F. Kennedy
- John Ford
- Cindy Crawford
- Charles Manson
- Bill Gates
- Edward Norton
- Jamie Foxx
- Jennifer Garner
- Mark Rylance