Intimations of Paradise: Photographs by Christopher Burkett (英語) ハードカバー – 1999/6/1
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Christopher Burkett has photographed the landscape for 25 years and uses an 8x10 view camera for most of his work. He was a Brother in a Christian religious order for seven years, then spent 15 years in the printing trade, running printing presses and operating high-end color scanners. There have been numerous exhibitions of his work, which is found in many museums and private collections. He personally prints all of his color exhibition prints, and is represented by many galleries around the country.
While some of the shots may not have that "in your face" drama, the colors and textures are much more appealing and appreciated after a few moments of viewing. As a product photographer, my "world" is within my studio; all controlled and placed as I want to capture them. Christopher's images bring to mind the challenges of capturing natural subjects.
This book is a nice addition to your collection and a great value with the high production qualities it has.
Burkett's photography reminds us to look deeply and really see what's around us.
Makes a great gift book too.
What a treasure of large format color landscape photography! I am deeply moved by this work. Stunning. The whole experience is first class. I wish I knew more about books and binding. It reminds me of my first (and only) Cuban cigar. I could tell it was special, so smooth and rich in character, but I knew it was wasted on me. It was an event. If you order one, savor it, don't rush it. (I've had it for almost two months now.)
I've spoken to Christopher's wife, Ruth, by phone: "The Trade edition is Japanese rayon with silk threads and gold stamping. The paper is 115 lb. ikono text, a special mill run made in Germany for this book. Christopher was told they don't make the paper in that size, so he said, "Please MAKE the paper in that size." They did. When Christopher's photography career was just beginning, he worked as a four-color press operator for ten years and as a color separator for five years. That background is revealed in this work. He assisted with the color separations for this book, over a two year period, then took the project to Gardner Lithograph in Anaheim, California where it was printed (this is where the Getty Museum, Ansel Adams Fine Art posters, John Sexton's books, etc. are printed.) The images are 200-line screen four-color plus varnish. Instead of using color proofs to match, Christopher used original 20x24 inch gallery Cibachrome prints to match. The press operator, Robert Sweet, is a true artist and reproduced this book to Christopher's highest standards. We believe it could not have been done any better. The image called "Blue Glacial Ice" is cobalt colored and would not reproduce without purple areas, so Christopher went to Gardner's color separation department and on the computer, created a fifth touch plate (5-color instead of 4-color) to cover those specific areas of the image, then while that film was being plated, he went to the press and hand-mixed the ink for that fifth color, which would create a cobalt. He called me and light-heartedly said, "I hope I did it right, because my reputation is on the line here." It was perfect. The image you see in the book, matches the Cibachrome print as well as the others - as closely as ink on paper can."
I have thoroughly enjoyed swimming through the images. It's become a bit of a ritual, parking myself in the living room with my back to a north-facing window, curtains and blinds opened, artificial lighting extinguished. You just don't rush a book like this.
Thank you Christopher for being such a maniac for perfection!