Twilight, Alpenglow on Rock Wall
Twilight, Alpenglow on Rock Wall
Twilight, Alpenglow on Rock Wall
Twilight, Alpenglow on Rock Wall

Christopher Burkett

Twilight, Alpenglow on Rock Wall

Tennessee, 1989

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $1,500.00
Twilight, Alpenglow on Rock Wall
Twilight, Alpenglow on Rock Wall
Twilight, Alpenglow on Rock Wall
Twilight, Alpenglow on Rock Wall



Original Cibachrome photograph by Christopher Burkett, “Twilight, Alpenglow on Rock Wall.” 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 1989, my wife Ruth and I went on our second cross-country photographic trip. It was not as extensive as our five month trip in 1987, but nevertheless very productive. We eventually found ourselves at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Around the middle of the day I stopped to examine this rock wall, which is near the top of the mountain pass that goes between Tennessee and North Carolina. I saw this composition but the lighting was flat and the colors were merely bland shades of grey so I decided to come back when the lighting was better.

As the day came to an end, there were beautiful warm and cool colors in the sky as the sun set. We drove back to this spot and I quickly set up my 8×10” camera, using a 240mm lens for this photograph. While it looks like the image was made by shooting straight on, it was actually made from the right side at an oblique angle. One of the advantages of using a view camera is that you can use the many adjustments to swing the plane of focus to match the plane of the subject matter.

In this case I used both the front and back swings to bring the entire twenty foot wide rock wall into focus.The light was fading which made it tricky to focus on the ground glass but I was able to do it and had time to take one photograph at f/32 for 45 seconds. Because the rock wall was slightly damp, it beautifully picked up the reflections of the multi colors of the twilight sky.

The final Cibachrome has a wide range of subtle colors and has to be made with precisely the right color balance for all of those interactive colors to come alive. The photograph is especially impressive in the 40×50” size.”


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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.