Aspen Glow
Aspen Glow
Aspen Glow
Aspen Glow

Christopher Burkett

Aspen Glow

Colorado, 2003

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $1,500.00
Aspen Glow
Aspen Glow
Aspen Glow
Aspen Glow



Original Cibachrome photograph by Christopher Burkett, “Aspen Glow, Colorado.” Individually handmade by Christopher Burkett from 6×6-format transparency film. Mounted on cotton rag Antique Rising Museum Board. Signed in pencil on mount with title, date and edition number on verso.

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“In 2003, my wife Ruth and I were photographing at the end of September in Colorado when a friend told us about the large aspen forests in the Kebler Pass area. We went there that day and found what is now our favorite place to photograph aspen trees in the fall.

We were traveling in our camper van and parked overnight just off a small obscure dirt road in a quiet grove of smaller aspen trees. In the morning I got up and went for a walk in the woods. The sun was rising but not yet shining on the forest, so the light was soft and enveloping, the forest silent and private. The air was damp and there was no wind, which brought out the sweet nutlike fragrance of the fallen aspen leaves.

Although I was surrounded on all sides by a forest which was full of soft light and beautiful trees I wasn’t seeing a way to convey this through a photograph. After about 40 minutes of quiet but intense searching I saw a detailed section of the forest which caught my eye. Viewed from this particular standpoint the trees lined up in a lovely progression of shapes and the feeling of enveloping, almost fragrant light seemed to be concentrated in this scene.

I set up my Hasselblad camera and used my 300mm Tele-Superachromat lens with its matched 1.7x Apo-Mutar teleconverter which makes it into a superb 510mm lens. There were only 170 of these lenses produced. It is has perfect color rendering combined with the highest resolution of any lens for medium format work. I made an exposure at f/22 for one second on Velvia 50 film.

The image has very delicate tones. When making a Cibachrome a careful balance needs to be maintained between preserving the tonal separation and shapes of the many tree trunks and at the same time show the quality of the soft light which illuminated the forest that morning. I was finally able to make a successful Cibachrome of this image six years later in 2009.”


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Christopher Burkett has labored for over four decades to create what many regard as the most impeccable and luminous color photographs in the history of photography. Gifted with a contemplative spirit as well as painter’s eye, Burkett has an uncommon ability to capture the natural world in a manner that simultaneously reflects “the world behind the world” as Minor White and Paul Caponigro might have put it. And although Burkett has been compared by curators to American color landscape photographers Eliot Porter and Ernst Haas, whose genre of American landscape photography he extended, neither of them exclusively developed their own film, nor attempted the darkroom standard clearly in evidence upon viewing Burkett’s original Cibachromes.

christopher burkett in his darkroom


Cibachrome, also known as Ilfochrome, is among the most stable of all color photographic processes. The dyes reside within the emulsion layers, giving the photograph its characteristic color saturation. The base is a polyester triacetate, rather than fiber-based paper, which adds to the longevity. It was a positive-to-positive photographic process based on the Gasparcolor process, created in 1933 by Bela Gaspar, a Hungarian chemist. Purchased after the merger of Ilford UK and Ciba-Geigy Photochemie of Switzerland, the process was first trademarked and marketed as Cibachrome in 1963. Each Cibachrome is composed of ten layers containing various combinations of light-sensitive silver halides and dyes that are sensitive to blue, green, or red light waves, which gives it an incredible depth and three-dimensional quality. After exposure of a positive, either through an enlarger or direct contact, the Cibachrome must be developed with black-and-white developing chemicals. This step creates a silver negative image within the layers. Next, the photograph must be bleached. The bleaching rids the photograph of dyes in proportion to the amount of silver that has been developed in the previous step and produces a positive dye image in color. In 2011, Cibachrome/Ilfochrome products were discontinued and it is now considered a historical process.