Christopher Burkett Fine Art Photography
“The Art & Craft of the Traditional Darkroom”
Oregon Art Beat Artist Oregon Public Television
Natural Light No Filters Natural Color
No Digital Enhancement
Oregon Artist Master of Fine Art Photography
“The negative is the score, the print is the performance.” –Ansel Adams
“A pixel will never be a photon.” –Christopher Burkett
“Burkett has done for Color what Adams & Weston did for Black & White.” –James Enyeart
Portland Art Museum
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Center for Creative Photography
Tucson Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
The Nelson-ATkins Museum of Fine Art, Kansas City
Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest, Kentucky
Teaching & Workshops
Ansel Adams Darkroom, Yosemite, CA
Anderson Ranch, Colorado
Friends of Photography, Carmel
Santa Barbara Fine Arts Museum
Polytechnic Institute of Tokyo, Japan
Ansel Adams Centennial, 2003 Forum, Yosemite
Ansel Adams Centennial, 2003 Forum, World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon
Portland Art Museum, “100 Years of Photography”
Seattle Art Museum, “Views & Visions”
Santa Barbara Natural History Museum
President Jimmy Carter
Art Auction Houses
Praise for Christopher Burkett Fine Art Photography
Let There Be Light!
A Talk with Christopher Burkett
The Bloomsbury Review – November/December 2000 by Julian Catalano
Intimations of Paradise, winner of the North American Bookdealers “Best Book of the Year” award, is a 25-year retrospective of Christopher Burkett’s luminously beautiful color landscape photographs and is, unquestionably, the most remarkable book of its kind.
Christoper Burkett comments on his work
“The fine photographic print is much more than a mere reproduction of an image. It is the culmination of the inspiration and vision of the photographer. It is the clearest, most direct and powerful form of the image, and has the ability to move beyond words, ideas and concepts to touch and move the viewer in the most direct and immediate way. In its highest form, the fine print can be a transparent vehicle, boldly communicating with whispers and suggestions of worlds previously unseen and unknown.
No other form of the image can convey as powerfully the subtleties, the presence and the luminosity which can exist in the fine print. The fine print is, in actuality, the culmination of the photographic creative process; each print can legitimately be considered an original work of art.
One of the unique advantages of photography is that multiple prints can be made of the same image, with tremendous creative interpretation possible in the printing process. The form and framework of the image exists at an intermediate stage within the negative (or transparency), but is unrealized and unmanifested until the creation of the fine print.
The fine print is a vital and necessary part of the whole creative photographic process, and is the final step which conveys to the viewer the essence of what was seen and felt at the moment of exposure of the film. With a complete understanding of all the intermediate steps that lead to culmination in the final print, the photographer can work most effectively with the photographic materials at hand, and can best use the whole process in the most creative way.
To master the photographic process, it is necessary to intuitively understand the nature of light and color; and their interactions with film and sensitized materials, from the moment of exposure to the final print. Only by a complete knowledge of the entire process can a person fully utilize the materials for the clearest and most complete artistic expression.
That is why I am the only one who will print any of my own photographs, both now and in the future. You can be assured that each print is carefully and meticulously printed, one at a time, by myself, to the highest standards. When I print, I spend unlimited time on each image, working to fine-tune the image until it reaches a point that is close to perfection, and expresses that which I see and feel.
Only in this way is it possible for the print to have the ability to speak to the viewer of the mysteries around us; those that fill earth and heaven, and make our souls sing with thanksgiving and praise. This is the purpose and goal I pursue endlessly.”