Christopher Burkett was born in 1951 and was raised 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
that 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"
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.at is ideally suited to this work.
Today Burkett 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.
Burkett is a recognized national expert in printing Cibachrome
(Ilfochrome), by virtue of his use of sophisticated and unique masking
techniques. 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.