Blooming Grasses
Blooming Grasses
Blooming Grasses
Blooming Grasses

Christopher Burkett

Blooming Grasses

Connecticut, 1987

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $2,000.00
Blooming Grasses
Blooming Grasses
Blooming Grasses
Blooming Grasses



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 mount verso.



“While staying in Connecticut for a couple of months, I rented a small cabin outside of the town of Middlefield. This field of grasses was near the cabins and I drove past it several times each day.

As the grasses grew up and began to bloom, I watched and waited. One night there was a big thunderstorm which passed through the area, pounding the area with rain and shaking the buildings, breaking up the high humidity which had filled the region for many days.

I awoke the next morning to find the air calm and refreshing, with low-lying fog blanketing the area. I knew that conditions were right for an extraordinary photograph and I loaded the equipment in the car and set out to see what I could find. I didn’t get far and almost just outside the door I came to this glorious field. In the night, the wind and rain had blown the tall grasses in different directions, as the storm had passed through.

The grasses were still wet with the fresh raindrops and the sun was just beginning to burn through the fog. I worked quickly, so as to not lose the golden opportunity of these special conditions, when the world comes alive with this very special and rare morning light.”

In the Cibachrome, the grasses seem to come alive, and to be made more of spun gold and sunlight than of seeds and straw.”


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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.