Deep Forest Cedars
Deep Forest Cedars
Deep Forest Cedars
Deep Forest Cedars

Christopher Burkett

Deep Forest Cedars

Montana, 2004

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $1,500.00
Deep Forest Cedars
Deep Forest Cedars
Deep Forest Cedars
Deep Forest Cedars



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.

The 40×50″ Museum Edition is limited to an edition of 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 for additional information.



“My wife Ruth and I went on a limited photo trip in 2004, traveling only as east as Colorado. This image was made in Montana at Ross Ancient Cedars State Park. I had never been there but read that they had huge cedar trees and it was worth a look.

There’s a one-mile long boardwalk loop that goes through the cedar grove, so I put my 8×10 camera outfit on a folding hand truck that we carry with us on our trips. Ruth took a nap in the van while I toodled along the path. There was no wind and the light was soft and rather dim in the deep forest. It was very lovely, but I didn’t find anything to photograph until I was almost at the end of the one-mile trail.

I saw these tree trees, with the light coming from behind the tree on the right and illuminating the beautiful texture and pastel colors of the tree on the left. I took one photograph with my 300mm lens at f/64 with an exposure of 40 seconds on Fujichrome 100 film.

The transparency is rather dark and has a strong greenish color cast from the green light in the forest. One of the great things about direct-positive ‘analog’ printing is that you can remove an overall color cast in the film by adjusting the color balance of the enlarger. Everything opens up in a natural way, something that is impossible to do digitally.”

The transparency sat in a box in my darkroom for 15 years until I printed it in 2019. Making a Cibachrome print of this image requires a lot of finesse in getting the color balance exactly right. Fortunately my Durst 2501 enlarger has color adjustments in 0.1CC increments.

When everything is set correctly, there’s a remarkable glow to the light area of the tree on the left and an amazing interplay of warm and cool colors in the bark of the tree on the right. To me the image has a feeling of great strength with an element of mystery and wonder.”


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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.