Marcellina Aspens
Marcellina Aspens
Marcellina Aspens
Marcellina Aspens

Christopher Burkett

Marcellina Aspens

Colorado, 2003

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

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Marcellina Aspens
Marcellina Aspens
Marcellina Aspens
Marcellina Aspens



Original Cibachrome photograph, “Marcellina Aspens, Colorado.” 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.



“2003 was a very productive year for my photography with 24 new images added to my répertoire. It was also the year that I first photographed the aspen forests in the Kebler Pass area of Colorado, making seven worthwhile photographs in five days, this being one of them.

Bright sunlight is too harsh when photographing most forests, but not aspen forests. Their yellow leaves, white trunks and dried grasses temper the sunlight and soften the shadows. This was one of the first scenes that greeted Ruth and me the day we entered this astonishing forest.

The sun was high in the sky, the scene backlit at a slight angle. I could see that there were three sources of light illuminating the trees, each light of a different color. The direct sunlight was neutral, the light from the sky was blue-green and the light illuminating the front trees was a soft warm light reflecting off of the trees behind me.

I knew the three colors of light would make the foreground trees stand out and give visual depth to the forest. I used my 240mm Apo-Sironar-S lens at f/22-2/3 for a 1/4 second exposure on Velvia 50 film.

Making Cibachromes of this transparency is a challenge. The goal is to preserve the luminous quality in the forest while preserving shape in the trunks and the sense of depth as you look into the scene. The overall color balance is very sensitive, even a 0.2CC color adjustment is noticeable.

This is a joyous image to me and expresses the wonder Ruth and I had when we first experienced this remarkable place full of light, where visual treasures abound.”


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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.