Autumn Tempest
Autumn Tempest
Autumn Tempest
Autumn Tempest

Christopher Burkett

Autumn Tempest

Utah, 2005

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $3,000.00
Autumn Tempest
Autumn Tempest
Autumn Tempest
Autumn Tempest



Original Cibachrome photograph individually handmade by Christopher Burkett from cropped 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. 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.



“It is extremely rare to come across a dramatic scene like this. When it does, the moment usually comes and goes within a few seconds and the best that can often be done is a “grab shot” with a handheld camera. In this case, the light and drama rolled on and on for about ten minutes, giving time to set up the 8×10” camera and actually make four exposures (of 4×10” size film) of the scene. Of the four, this image was clearly the best one, with its dramatic cloud formations and the shape and positioning of the lower dark mountain shadow.

The sun was setting behind me, with the mountain shadow (from the ridge behind me) at the bottom of the scene moving upward minute by minute. The storm was moving over the ridge from the east but the clouds, which were overhead and moving west, did not prevent the setting sun from illuminating the mountainside with golden light.

Once again, this is a photograph that I could not have taken without the assistance of my wife, Ruth. Operating the 8×10” camera quickly is a two person operation, with Ruth helping in many ways. She helps lug the equipment to the site and helps set up the camera, dusts the film holders off before I use them, stops the lens down while I check the focus on the ground glass back, holds the dark-slide during the exposure and then writes down the exposure information in the log book.”

This is one of those “once in a lifetime” photographs that continues to astonish me every time I view it. The drama, beauty, power, and grandeur of this image continues to fill me with wonder and thankfulness for the gift of life and grace that we have been given in our lives.”


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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.


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.