Truffula Aspens
Truffula Aspens
Truffula Aspens
Truffula Aspens

Christopher Burkett

Truffula Aspens

Colorado, 2003

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

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Add to Collection $1,500.00
Truffula Aspens
Truffula Aspens
Truffula Aspens
Truffula Aspens



Original Cibachrome photograph individually handmade by Christopher Burkett from 6×6-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.



“In 2003, my wife Ruth and I were photographing in Colorado and were returning to our campground after a rather uneventful day. Ruth was driving as always and I was still looking for a photograph, as always. As we sped by this really unusual clump of aspen trees I instantly saw that they had photographic potential but the light was all wrong. Unbeknownst to us, we were just minutes away from encountering the unique clouds and light which resulted in my photograph, “Day’s End.”

The next morning, we set out just before sunrise and came back to this spot. Ruth was surprised that I knew exactly where to go and that I had spotted this scene the previous evening as we went past at 50 mph, as I hadn’t mentioned anything about it to her. I knew precisely where to put the camera and tripod and used my 250mm Superachromat lens on my Hasselblad, using Velvia 50 film. This lens has perfect color correction and exceptional sharpness which perfectly resolved the details and color differentiations in the leaves.

I waited a couple of minutes until the sunlight was almost in the scene but not quite. You can see a bit of bright sunlight on the background trees at the top of the photo. Over the years I’ve learned you can get a marvelous glow to the quality and color of natural light if you can have the rising sun skimming the air over your head but not quite hitting the scene. You have to set up before it gets there because you only have 30 seconds or so before it hits the scene with too much contrast.

This image is fun to make in the darkroom, although I have to use two dodging wands simultaneously because there’s a lot of dodging and some burning to balance the tonalities and densities of the “pom-poms” on the trees. The truffula name is because these unique trees reminded me of the truffula trees in a Dr. Seuss book.”


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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.