Old Sequoia at Sunset
Old Sequoia at Sunset
Old Sequoia at Sunset
Old Sequoia at Sunset

Christopher Burkett

Old Sequoia at Sunset

California, 1996

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $1,500.00
Old Sequoia at Sunset
Old Sequoia at Sunset
Old Sequoia at Sunset
Old Sequoia at Sunset



Original Cibachrome photograph by Christopher Burkett, “Old Sequoia at Sunset, California.” Individually handmade by the artist 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.

40×50″ Museum Edition limited to 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.



In April of 1996, my wife Ruth and I went on a one week spring photo trip, heading south to California, passing through Yosemite National Park and spent two days at Sequoia National Park. In those two days, I was able to photograph this image with my 8×10” camera and one more image with my Hasselblad medium format camera: Glowing Sequoia Trunks.

This image was taken as sunset, as we were preparing to put the camera equipment away for the day. As the sun was going down, for a few moments the grand majesty of the huge central trunk was surrounded and enveloped by its own foliage as well as that of the surrounding forest.

We had to work very quickly to setup the 8×10” camera and without Ruth’s help there’s no way I could have been able to make this photograph before the light faded away. As with the majority of my 8×10” photographs, there was only one exposure made onto color transparency film, so the composition, focusing, exposure determination and manual lens settings all had to be done precisely and very quickly.

The golden light in the center of the trunk, placed in the center of the image draws my eye and the surrounding darker tree foliage seems both drawn towards it and at the same time revolves around it, helped by the dramatic lighting and strong color contrast. To me, the image conveys feelings of strength, peace and wholeness.”


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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.