On April 15, 2018 PBS NewsHour presented a feature on Christopher Burkett, Oregon’s Master of Fine Art Photography. You can view that segment here:
Christopher Burkett was recently featured on PBS NewsHour:
The world untouched and undefiled by man is one of indescribable beauty and wonder: a world filled with light and peace. The miracle of life unfolds before our eyes, and is seen in the tapestry of creation. All of our world, each living cell, every stone and drop of water, even the air and light around us, reflects and mirrors the glory and presence of the Creator and calls us to respond with wonder and praise.
Photography is an expression of the world we live in, and of what we see and experience. Many contemporary photographs seem filled with negativity and warped, malignant things.That these negative things and perceptions exist now for a time in the world with us is indisputable, but I feel strongly that there is no need to give life and strength to them. Too often, attempting to represent the sacred in nature is maligned as being naive or simplistic, and is said to be unchallenging and visually unsophisticated. This need not be so.
The purpose of my photography is to provide a brief, if somewhat veiled, glimpse into that clear and brilliant world of light and power. To the extent that these photographs help show that way, is the extent to which these images succeed.
Oregon Artist Christopher Burkett
Christopher Burkett was born in 1951 and was reared in the Pacific Northwest. In 1975, while he was a brother in a Christian order, he became interested in photography as a means of expressing the grace, light and beauty he saw present in the world of nature. Over the next twenty years, he gradually perfected his craft so photography could be the means through which he could express his innermost feelings and inspiration. Today he works almost exclusively with color 8 x 10″ transparencies.
In 1979, Burkett left the brotherhood to pursue photography and married his wife, Ruth. He learned the offset printing process and ran four-color printing presses and laser scanners to create detailed color separations. These years of experience in the printing trade helped develop his fine discernment of color and gave him a deep understanding of the principles of color and tone reproduction.
Today the Master of Fine Art Photography travels extensively throughout the United States to photograph. His masterful printing and numerous exhibitions rapidly brought him international acclaim. His photographs are featured in many public and private fine art collections. Burkett also has taught several workshops sponsored through the Friends of Photography and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Marvel at the Luminosity of the Christopher Burkett Photographs. “Burkett uses his masterly eye and remarkable printing skills to catch the divine beauty of nature untouched by man. Burkett’s photos catch in meticulous detail the magical convergence of light, form and color that only nature commands. The pictures are a tribute to his unflagging energy, keen eye and absolutely brilliant ability as a master of the color darkroom.” –The Washington Post.
He meticulously hand prints his 8 x 10″ transparencies to 20 x 24″ and 30 x 40″ with impressive sharpness and rich tonality.
All images are archivally overmatted, signed and numbered by the artist.
All photographs from the book “Resplendent Light” are square format photographed with a Hasselblad 2 1/4. Burkett has been named a Hasselblad Master for 2004.
“You have to suspend your disbelief when looking at a Christopher Burkett Photograph.” –John Paul Caponigro