Aspen Grove
Aspen Grove
Aspen Grove
Aspen Grove

Christopher Burkett

Aspen Grove

Colorado, 1993

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $6,000.00
Aspen Grove
Aspen Grove
Aspen Grove
Aspen Grove



Original Cibachrome photograph by Christopher Burkett, “Aspen Grove, Colorado.” Individually handmade by Christopher Burkett from 8×10-format transparency film. Mounted on cotton rag Antique Rising Museum Board. Signed in pencil on mount with title, date and edition number on verso.

The 40×50″ Museum Edition is limited to 15 total. The next available in the edition is 10/15. Due to the size and delicate nature of the artworks, they must be shipped directly to a professional framer of your choice. For clients in the Bay Area, we also offer framing and installation services. Please for additional information.



“While traveling through the high mountains of Colorado in the fall of 1993, I encountered this grove of aspens at twilight. The grove is situated on the top of a high mountain pass, at the 9,000 foot elevation.

These trees are literally on the top of the ridge, so that the soft, colored light of evening causes the trunks to glow from all sides. At this time of day, with the sun just over the horizon, the air oftentimes becomes quite still, as if nature is holding her breath‚ sharp contrast to the rest of the day, when strong breezes rush over the mountain tops, causing the leaves to constantly rustle and shimmer.

During these times, an almost palpable calm and peace fills the air, as all of nature seems to glow with the final embers of the day. This glorious, radiant light and peace lasts but for a moment, before fading to the deep blues and somber grays of night.

Working rapidly, I focused the image on the ground glass in the fading light and had time for only one exposure. Because of the low light levels, it was necessary to give the film about 90 seconds of exposure.

When making the Cibachrome, I strive to preserve the delicate feelings of calm peace and which conveys that soft, luminous radiance.”


All Christopher Burkett photographs sold at Photography West are new and in pristine condition. HD videos of the individual piece you are purchasing are available upon request. For more information, please


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.