Peaceful Autumn Forest
Peaceful Autumn Forest
Peaceful Autumn Forest
Peaceful Autumn Forest

Christopher Burkett

Peaceful Autumn Forest

Ohio, 2014

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $1,500.00
Peaceful Autumn Forest
Peaceful Autumn Forest
Peaceful Autumn Forest
Peaceful Autumn Forest



Original Cibachrome photograph by Christopher Burkett, “Peaceful Autumn Forest.” 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 mount verso.

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“In 2014, my wife Ruth and I went on what might be our last cross country photo trip in our camper van, traveling with our miniature schnauzer, Jack. As it turned out the weather and foliage were not cooperative on this trip and I was scrambling to find a worthwhile image. We traveled up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway with no success, then went to Huntington Beach in South Carolina where I was able to make two photographs of marsh grasses, one in the morning and one in the evening. We then headed north to West Virginia. Again, nothing.

By then it was almost the end of October. We awoke one morning on a lovely foggy day with soft light and no wind. We looked at our maps and tried several roads and areas that seemed promising but again, nothing. We followed the light and fog crossing over into Ohio and eventually found ourselves in Forked Run State Park. Ruth took Jack for a walk and then rested in the van while I prowled around near the lake, looking for a photograph.

I came around a bend in the lake and found this beautifully unique scene which was perfectly choreographed and just seemed to be waiting to be photographed. I called Ruth on our two-way radios and told her which lens I was going to use for this image and then hustled back to the van while she unloaded the camera cases. We carried the equipment down the bank and around the bend where I set up the camera, hoping the light, fog and calm wind would hold fast.

I used a 300mm Apo-Sironar-S lens at f/45 for a one second on Provia F film, identically exposing two pieces of film. Both shots look good except that a branch wiggled in the first exposure but was almost perfectly still in the one I used to make this Cibachrome. The lake is in the background, hidden by the fog, barely visible at the bottom of the photograph.

The scene was very peaceful with the type of silence that often comes with thick fog in the forest. This image was the last photograph I made with my 8×10 camera. It remains to be seen if there will be more.”


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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.