Trout Creek, Aspen Forest
Trout Creek, Aspen Forest
Trout Creek, Aspen Forest
Trout Creek, Aspen Forest

Christopher Burkett

Trout Creek, Aspen Forest

Colorado, 2003

Original Cibachrome Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $1,500.00
Trout Creek, Aspen Forest
Trout Creek, Aspen Forest
Trout Creek, Aspen Forest
Trout Creek, Aspen Forest



Original Cibachrome photograph, “Trout Creek Aspen Forest, Colorado,” 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. The 40×50 inch “Museum Edition is limited to 15.

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“In 2003, while on a photo trip we discovered the aspens in the Kebler Pass area thanks to a tip from a fellow large format photographer. For four days we had perfect weather for 8×10 photography: full sun with no wind. This was the last photo I made there that year, on October 1, 2003.

It was early morning with more diffused sunlight than I had in the previous three days. I could see that the scene was beautifully lit with two colors of light. The foreground trees were lit with yellow bounce light from sunlit yellow aspens behind me and all the background trees were lit with blue-green light coming from the green leaves high up in those trees and the blue sky overhead.

I knew the opposite colors of the lighting would make the foreground trees really stand out and give a lot of visual depth to the final Cibachromes. I used my 360mm Apo-Sironar-S lens at f/32-2/3 for a 2 second exposure on Velvia 50 film.

I made the first Cibachromes of this eight years later in 2011. Making them required a strong enough contrast mask to preserve the luminous quality in all of the aspens without losing shape in the trunks or loss of tonal separation between the foreground and background. The overall color balance is also very critical and even a 0.2CC color adjustment will throw off the visual balance between the foreground and background trees.

The final Cibachromes have the depth and luminosity I was hoping for and faithfully represent the aspen forest I saw on that peaceful October morning.”


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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.


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.