Glowing Winter Aspen
Glowing Winter Aspen
Glowing Winter Aspen

Christopher Burkett

Glowing Winter Aspen

Colorado, 2000

Original Cibachrome with Autographed First Edition Book

Image dimensions: 11" x 11"
Mounted dimensions: 17" x 17.5"

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection — $1,200
Glowing Winter Aspen
Glowing Winter Aspen
Glowing Winter Aspen



Original Cibachrome individually handmade by the artist from 6×6 format film. Mounted on 17″ x 17.5″ Antique Rising Museum board, signed in pencil with title, date and edition information on verso. Accompanied by a leather-bound, slipcased numbered edition of “Resplendent Light,” a lyrical collection of some of the best photographic work Christopher Burkett has done with his Hasselblad camera over twenty-five years. The images are sequenced like a visual poem as an expression of Burkett’s reverence and awareness of extraordinary moments when the earth is transformed by grace and light. The photographs are complemented by an essay written by noted photographic scholar James L. Enyeart, titled Nature Always Wears the Colors of the Spirit, in which he discusses Burkett’s work within the context of the history of art and photography.

Collector’s Edition is limited to 300.


The HD Video of the actual work in question has been provided as a visual condition report. If you would like a written condition report in addition to the HD video, please


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.



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.