Aspens and Golden Light
Aspens and Golden Light
Aspens and Golden Light
Aspens and Golden Light

Christopher Burkett

Aspens and Golden Light

Colorado, 2003

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

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Add to Collection $1,500.00
Aspens and Golden Light
Aspens and Golden Light
Aspens and Golden Light
Aspens and Golden Light



Original Cibachrome photograph 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 24×62″ Museum Edition is limited to 15. The next available is edition 9. 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 contact us for additional information.



“In 2003, my wife Ruth and I were photographing in Colorado when we were told about the great aspen forests in the Kebler Pass area. We spent four days photographing there with ideal lighting conditions and no wind. When I reviewed Ruth’s photo log notes from that time I found that even before I made my first photograph there she had written, “What a fantastic aspen bonanza!” It was indeed: in those four days I made six photographs that I later was able to make into successful Cibachromes.

This photograph was of a particularly interesting section of the forest looking directly south and up a steep hill. Viewed at that angle, the golden light permeated the scene and was almost tangible. The background trees disappeared into that golden glow but the foreground trees were softly lit by natural light of different colors which came from behind my camera. This dual lighting made the foreground trees stand out from the background and gave depth and drama to the image.

I used the rising front and the camera tilts to avoid causing the trunks to converge, using my 300mm lens at f/45 for a one second exposure on Velvia 50 film.

It wasn’t until nine years later in 2012 that I made the first Cibachrome of this image. When I view it now I’m drawn back to those days of wonder as I once again see this forest going upwards and disappearing into a sea of golden light.

As a footnote, two days later Ruth and I would climb up this same hill by another route and at the top discover and make my photograph, Translucent Forest.


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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.