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04-15-2018, 04:04 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Cibachrome's last days

PBS NewsHour short piece on large format landscape photographer Christopher Burkett:

Landscape photographer races to finish decades of work | PBS NewsHour


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I am pretty sure I have met him at one point (he is local to me), though at the very least I know Burkett's reputation as a master photographer and master printmaker. There is little today that might rival a quality Cibachrome print and I am saddened when I consider the fact that even horded stashes of the material are simply disappearing and passing out of scope.

Burkett's Web site:
Welcome | Christopher Burkett

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Wish there was enough demand/the right philanthropist to bring things like this back to market.
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What a poignant story. Personally, I never enjoyed the darkroom process itself, I just wanted the final image. But I can fully appreciate Mr Burkett's artistry with the medium, and am sorry to see it being taken away from him.

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Thanks so much for posting. I had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Burkett at a gallery opening he had many years ago back when I lived in New York City. He was wonderfully gracious and I enjoyed talking with him and of course his prints were stunning. He kindly signed one of his books -- Intimations of Paradise for me. For any aspiring landscape photographers out there I highly recommend examining his work and if you ever get the chance to catch an exhibit or gallery opening there is no substitute for seeing the large prints in person.
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Thanks for sharing. Also sad to see PBS funding might be under threat. (Sorry...this is as political as I'm going to get.)
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Post-processing the analog way: much in the video made me smile, but that's a craftsman at work and his work shows marvellous craft as well as a sharp eye. Thanks for posting!
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Outstanding photographer and a sad story. He plans to stop photography after his favorite photo paper is gone. Watch the video and you'll understand after you see his process.

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Excellent piece, presents the technical side matter-of-factly and lets Burkett talk about light, depth, etc. I can only hope that when the inevitable day comes that he runs out of Cibachrome, he finds a way to keep stay involved with photography.
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Anyone who appreciates this piece - along with other important PBS programming - should consider contributing to their local PBS station.

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I did a little bit of Cibachrome printing decades ago. Even with my limited skills there was something special about the results.

I'm saddened to think this technique will soon be gone.
04-25-2018, 11:29 PM   #12
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Very moving - I used to get Cibachrome prints done of my 6x7 transparencies, and they really are like nothing else, not just in archival terms, but that almost metallic lustre - it's a real shame that Ilford have stopped making the paper - or, I suppose that not enough of us still use it.
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I made Cibachrome enlargements myself and I can understand that he's so sad. The best reversal reproduction system ever made...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
I'm saddened to think this technique will soon be gone.

Seems to me the longer you live: the number of things you lose rises exponentially.


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