Chronology

1952 Born in Zurich, the only child of Ffreebairn Liddon Simpson & Dorina Laura Magda Simpson
1952 Lived in Accra, a British Gold Coast colony (after independence in 1957 becomes known as Ghana)
1955 Family posted to Mauritius
1960 Started Preparatory Boarding School at Hurst Court, Sussex, England
1965 Continued Boarding education at St. Edmunds School, Canterbury, England
1970 Foundation year at Ealing School of Art, London
1971 Starts integrated design course at Ealing
1972 Decides to concentrate on photography and joins the 2nd year of the photography course at Ealing
1973 A week’s Internship at Vogue Studios in Hanover Square, London with David Bailey, Clive Arrowsmith and Olivero Toscani has a huge influence on Chris’s decision to concentrate on fashion photography as a career
1973 Whilst on holiday with his family in Mauritius Chris stays on, as he is commissioned to work as the stills photographer for the filming of Paul et Virginie by the French Production Company A.M.S Opera. Extends his stay in Mauritius after being commissioned to shoot a travel feature for English Vogue followed by a calendar for the Mauritian Tourist Board (these three commissions are sanctioned by his college as work experience towards his final photography diploma)
1974 Completes his Photography Diploma Course at Ealing School of Art with a Distinction
1974 Continues career as a fashion photographer 1979 Lives and works in Paris
1982 Elected to the Chelsea Arts Club, London
1984 Leaves Paris and returns to concentrate on his work in London
1985 Given the freedom of the City of London
1987 While still a fashion photographer Chris decides on shooting a Personal Series of Pictures capturing the Aboriginal people and the Australian Outback. The success of this trip, and the exhibitions that follow, have a profound effect on the direction Chris decides to take with his personal work
1988 The Special Photographers Gallery in London exhibit Chris’s Australian pictures which coincides with Australia celebrating its Bicentenary. As a result he is commissioned to shoot for the Australian Tourist Board
1988 Marries Sophie Caruth on the 3rd of December in London
1989 Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society
1989 Commissioned for the second time to shoot the European campaign for the Australian Tourist Board, as a result Chris takes on more advertising commissions from other agencies
1991 27th April, Chris’s mother dies. Chris gives up fashion to concentrate on shooting for advertising clients
1992 22nd January Jack Liddon Simpson is born
1995 14th April Fergus Alexander Simpson is born
1997 Sophie and Chris Divorce
1998 Moves to Sussex to Great Meadow Barn and starts to distance himself from commissioned work to concentrate on his personal photographic projects
2000 Takes up the livery of the Worshipful Company of Skinners, one of the big 12 London City Guilds
2001 25th of January, Chris’s father dies
2005 Chris is made a Hasselblad Master
2009 From the Australian Aboriginal series in 1987 to the pictures of Argentinian Gaucho’s in 2008, Chris decides to work on a book illustrating his personal journey of photographs
2010 Cape Town in April and feeling weak, Chris has scans done in Johannesburg which confirms multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. After initial treatment in the UK, Chris returns to Cape Town in November to say goodbye
2011 Marries Judy Alstadt on the 5th of January at VillaLara in Cape Town. Chris’s first stem cell transplant. Remission for nearly three years
2013 Trip to Mauritius and Reunion
2014 Second stem cell transplant in June. Conclusion of Carnets de Voyage, a hand-bound, signed, limited edition book of 100 copies
2016 Joins Atlas Gallery in December
2017 Prepares work for Atlas Gallery Launch for Photo London in May 2018.
Celebrates 65th birthday and renews marriage vows with Judy in August on a sand bar on the Zambezi
2018 Atlas Gallery publishes Carnets de Voyage: A Personal Journey of Photographs and exhibits Chris’s photographs at Photo London


Working as a stills photographer for the French TV series Paul et Virginie, Mauritius, 1973


A lazy Sunday lunch with my parents at our beach house in Pereybere, Mauritius. Photographed by our dear friend Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, 1974


With the Moai in Rapa Nui, 2001


Ouarzazate, Atlas Mountains with the team photographing for L’O ciel Hommes, 1980


Uluru, also known as ‘Ayers Rock’, whilst photographing the Australian series, 1987


Judy and Chris in Madikwe, Africa, 2009


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