Marsh Grasses, Evening Light
Marsh Grasses, Evening Light
Marsh Grasses, Evening Light

Christopher Burkett

Marsh Grasses, Evening Light

South Carolina, 2014

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

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Marsh Grasses, Evening Light
Marsh Grasses, Evening Light
Marsh Grasses, Evening Light



Original Cibachrome photograph, “Marsh Grasses, Evening Light.” 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.



“In 2014, my wife Ruth and I went on a cross country photo trip in our camper van. The weather and foliage were not cooperative on this trip. Nothing out west. Nothing in the Appalachian mountains. In three weeks I had made only one photograph. It was almost the end of October, if the trees and forest were not being cooperative it was time to try something else.

We studied our maps and decided to go to Huntington Beach in South Carolina. There was a park and arboretum which sounded promising. The park and arboretum were lovely but not something I found inspired to photograph. However, the salt marsh adjacent to the park was another story.

The marsh has a mixture of salt water and fresh water and there was a very long boardwalk that led from solid ground to the middle of the marsh. After some study I decided to try to find photographs at both sunrise and at sunset. At those times the color of light would complement the autumn colors of the marsh grass and the angle of the light would accentuate their form and textures in two different ways.

The next morning at sunrise I made the photograph “Marsh Grasses at Sunrise.” I looked for other photos of marsh grasses and other subjects during the day without success. Before sunset, Ruth and I were back on the boardwalk at its far end. The sunset appeared to be rather uneventful, with clouds obscuring the sun and not much color happening in the sky. Fortunately there was no wind and no current in the water as it was half way between high and low tide.

As the sun continued to go down the clouds started to pick up some color. I found this composition and rapidly set up the camera with Ruth’s help. The warm color in the clouds was causing the autumn colors of the grasses to really glow but it was changing fast. When I was ready to make an exposure somehow the clouds became perfectly choreographed with the three sections of water, each having distinctly different colors and densities. Amazing.

I used my 600mm Fujinon lens at f/32-2/3 for a one second exposure on Velvia 50 film. The Cibachromes have luminosity, tonal richness, pinpoint detail resolution and butter smooth subtle tonalities. A prime example of the synergy of 8×10 film and Cibachrome. This is why I’ve made these prints for 40 years and have no intention of using anything else.”


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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.