Spring Pond and Reflections
Spring Pond and Reflections
Spring Pond and Reflections

Christopher Burkett

Spring Pond and Reflections

Alaska, 1993

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

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Spring Pond and Reflections
Spring Pond and Reflections
Spring Pond and Reflections



Original Cibachrome photograph by Christopher Burkett, “Spring Pond and Reflections.” 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 June of 1993, I went on a month long photo expedition to Alaska with my friend Jack Popowich, traveling in my camper van. We covered much of the Alaska territory including driving all the way up to Prudhoe Bay. I had never been to Alaska before and didn‚Äôt know what to expect. I found the best photographic potentials in the coastal areas. The vast interior that we drove through was mostly permafrost with stunted black spruce trees that had a hard life which I found to be rather dismal looking from a photographic perspective.

However, we passed this one pond which compelled me to stop and see what I could find. As with a number of my photographs this image is composed of several interactive visual layers. There is the pattern of the green plants and white blossoms; the water reflecting the sky, clouds and spruce trees, with subtle details under the blue part of the water; and the surprising and somewhat puzzling black leaf reflections. I made two identical exposures with my 600mm lens at F/32-2/3 at 1/4 second on Fujichrome 100 film.

When I view the Cibachrome from a distance the scene is peaceful but active. As I view it closer the razor sharp details grab my attention as my eye begins to examine the multitude of intriguing details. For me this image is both simple and complex. We know what it is and yet those interacting layers give it a sense of mystery. This photograph is more than the sum of its parts.”


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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.