Christopher Simon Sykes grew up at Sledmere, and went on to become a journalist, photographer and writer. His work has appeared in Vogue, House & Garden, the Sunday Telegraph magazine and Architectural Digest among others, and he wrote and presented Upper Crust, a six-part series on country-house cookery for BBC Two. He has written seven books and photographed for fourteen, including The National Trust Country House Album, The Rolling Stones on Tour and The Garden at Buckingham Palace.
In 1975 The Rolling Stones invited Christopher to join their mammoth 40-show Tour Of The Americas- T.O.T.A '75- with instructions to document their journey in it entirety.
The result is an enormous archive of largely unseen photographs, a wonderfully descriptive diary and a collection of every piece of tour memorabilia imaginable- including backstage passes, tour manager's newsletters and even hotel room keys.
Christopher has also written a two part biography exploring the life and works on one of Britain's most popular living artists, David Hockney.