Dogwoods, Forest & Mist
Dogwoods, Forest & Mist
Dogwoods, Forest & Mist
Dogwoods, Forest & Mist

Christopher Burkett

Dogwoods, Forest & Mist

Tennessee, 2000

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $3,000.00
Dogwoods, Forest & Mist
Dogwoods, Forest & Mist
Dogwoods, Forest & Mist
Dogwoods, Forest & Mist



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 15 total. 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 contact us for additional information.



“In 2000, my wife Ruth and I traveled to the Appalachia mountains to photograph in the spring. We were especially on the lookout for native Dogwood and Redbud trees, which bloom this time of year. This photograph occurred late one morning while we were in the Great Smoky National Park area. The day dawned very cool, with a foreshadowing of winter in the air. Thick fog enveloped the area, where cold air condensed humidity caused by rain which fell during the night.

We found a narrow, winding one-way road that lead up into the hills. As Ruth slowly drove our camper van, I scanned the woods for a potential photograph. We stopped when I spotted this group of trees and we quickly unloaded the 8×10 camera cases. Ruth continued to drive up the hill almost half a mile before she could park and walk back to where I was. To get the elements of this scene arranged as you see them here was not easy and took time. I finally set up the camera as high as I could, standing on a camera case in order to compose and focus the image on the ground glass. I used the rising front on the camera, to avoid converging verticals and back swing to bring all of the elements into focus.

Fortunately, the air was still, as the exposure needed to be 35 seconds. Not a leaf wavered and the forest had that special quietness that thick fog brings, broken only by the soft sound of water dripping off of the leaves and branches.

For me, this image conveys a quiet peacefulness and strength and is a constant reminder of the ‘Peace which passeth understanding.’”


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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.