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Intimations of Paradise

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Imitations of Paradise is a collection of the work of Christopher Burkett. Filled with exhilarating, exuberant, and worshipful photographs of landscapes, Burkett shows why he is one of the premier color photographers of our time. Three essays by James Reid, Vincent Rossi, and Christopher Burkett complement the photographs, examining Burkett's work from three different perspectives. Also included is an introduction by James Alinder.

Fine Art Photographer Christopher Burkett has devoted the last 25 years of his life to the creation of this book. It is a book that reclaims the belief that there must be craftsmanship in great art, that there is great art in craftsmanship, and the belief that God truly is in the details.

For the last 25 years, Burkett has captured exhilarating, exuberant and worshipful landscapes, with a clarity and brilliance that have established him as one of the premier color photographers of his time.

Christopher and Ruth Burkett self published this book to ensure the highest quality reproduction possible. Burkett spent over 2 years perfecting the color separations for the 73 images featured in the book. The separations are scanned from original prints, and after two years of work, are “as close as you can get with ink and paper” to the original photographs. The result is a book that truly reflects the color and detail of his original photographs.

180 pages, Hardcover

First published June 1, 1999

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About the author

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 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", 30 x 40", and 40 x 50", with impressive sharpness and rich tonality. All images are archivally overmatted, signed and numbered by the artist.


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February 4, 2020
Christopher Burkett is a true master. This is the finest color photography I have ever seen, and the book is one of the best produced monographs I have ever seen. I own a copy and will never part with it.
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November 25, 2013
I haven't seen a more beautiful color photography book than this. Chistopher Burkett is doing it the old way with his cameras and film and his own designed by himself printing process. Beautiful. Hats off to him!

I hope he never runs out of film but it could happen.

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