Cascading Maple & Rain
Cascading Maple & Rain
Cascading Maple & Rain

Christopher Burkett

Cascading Maple & Rain

West Virginia, 2000

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $1,500.00
Cascading Maple & Rain
Cascading Maple & Rain
Cascading Maple & Rain



Original Cibachrome photograph 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.



“My wife Ruth and I traveled to the Appalachian Mountains in our camper van to photograph in the spring of 2000. On this day we were traversing some of the very mountainous areas of West Virginia. There was light rain falling creating a misty atmosphere, seemingly not very conducive for landscape photography.

We came around a corner and I saw this tree, Ruth pulled the van over and parked. The rain had stopped for a moment so I set up my Hasselblad with my 250 Superachromat lens and took one photograph on Fuji Provia film.

The tonalities of the scene are soft in contrast to the bold black silhouette of the branches. This is one of my images which has three visual layers that interact with each other. The soft, dreamlike background, the stark black branches and the patterns of the golden blossoms on the tree.

When I’m composing a layered image I do it intuitively, finding the right spot where the layers interact in the best way. In this case the branches and blossoms were fixed so I couldn’t change that but I was able to place the background shapes and colors in the best position for the composition.

The Cibachromes convey the feeling of the soft light and gentle rain which was falling on that peaceful scene. The framework of the black branches gives the image an almost stained glass quality.”


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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.