Cherokee Autumn Forest
Cherokee Autumn Forest
Cherokee Autumn Forest
Cherokee Autumn Forest

Christopher Burkett

Cherokee Autumn Forest

Tennessee, 1993

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $1,500.00
Cherokee Autumn Forest
Cherokee Autumn Forest
Cherokee Autumn Forest
Cherokee Autumn Forest



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.



“After spending about a month photographing the forests of the Appalachian area in the autumn of 1993, I was headed north through the side roads of Kentucky and Tennessee, headed toward West Virginia. In the very easternmost tip of Tennessee, I was passing through the Cherokee National Forest when, winding down the steep mountain road, I came upon this stunning group of trees.

The sun had just gone down below the mountain ridges and the wind gradually came to a halt.The evening light had a wonderful warm glow from the sunset colors in the clouds. The strong structure of the dark trunks and the balance in the dynamic color values throughout the scene immediately struck me. As in many of my photographs, the image presented itself to me in an instant, complete and certain. It was then simply a matter of setting the camera up at the appropriate spot and taking care with all of the mechanics of getting the image on film. I took only this one view of the scene.

This photograph signaled to me the end of that photo trip, and my wife Ruth and I drove straight home to Oregon in a matter of a few days, as I could hardly wait to develop the film and make this photograph. I believe it to be the best image from that trip, and it is one of my personal favorites.

It conveys to me a powerful sense of the vitality and exuberance of life throughout the natural world.”


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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.