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Christopher Burkett

Day’s End

Colorado, 2003

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

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Day’s End
Day’s End
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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 mount verso.



“My wife Ruth and I were photographing in Colorado in 2003. We had spent the day in this area of the west central part of the state and were heading back to a county park where we could spend the night in our camper van.

All day a minor storm was passing through accompanied by lots of wind, the bane of 8×10 photographers who need smaller f/stops with longer shutter speeds to get enough depth of field. One of the primary reasons I also use a Hasselblad medium format camera is to be able to use faster shutter speeds and to be able to catch fleeting moments when they happen. This particular evening both qualities were crucial to enable me to make this photograph.

As the sun was setting we came upon these trees silhouetted against the sky. I had Ruth immediately pull over on the shoulder of the road and we exited with the 205TCC camera body on the Sachtler tripod and a 100mm lens.

The sun was rapidly setting and the clouds were moving from left to right very fast, completely changing the composition every 10 seconds. I was waiting for the clouds to complete the composition but it was taking time. The sun kept setting and I kept backing up to keep the edge of the sun’s disk in the center of the tree formation. Just before I was able to take this photograph, I had backed up as far as I could and my behind was resting against a barbed wire fence.

I was confident in my exposure since I was using the 1° spot metering in the camera and using its Zone System metering method that I always use. The top large cloud was not just moving sideways but was slightly rotating counter-clockwise. I made one image before this one and another one after it, and the moment was over.

I was thrilled when the shape of the main cloud swirled and moved until it briefly mirrored the form of the trees below, with the setting sun shining from the center of the trees. The glow around the trees and in the clouds is all natural lighting and was really there. The memory of the synergism and grace which filled this moment still takes my breath away.”


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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.