Since 1980, Burkett has explored the United States through the lens of his large format camera. His exclusive use of
8”x10” film reveals our natural surroundings with an exceptional level of luminosity and vibrant color that is often absent
in today’s digital images. His careful and impressive compositions simultaneously convey both the magnificent grandeur
and inviting intimacy of his natural subjects. The contemplative and patient photographic process inherent to largeformat-
photography leads Burkett to faithfully capture the diverse American landscape only in its purest and most
beautiful natural moments.
Burkett’s individuality as a contemporary photographer continues into his printing studio, where he masterfully hand
prints every image himself. He transforms his 8x10” film into large scale photographs up to five feet wide while
maintaining remarkable clarity. Burkett’s sophisticated and unique masking methods infuse his prints with depth and
ensure that the colors appear to his audience exactly as they appeared to the artist in real life. He is a recognized national
expert in printing Cibachrome (Ilfochrome).
Numerous museums and public and private collections worldwide are home to Burkett’s work. His photographs are
featured in two self-published monographs and aptly accompany Seasons, a collection of Robert Frost’s poetry dedicated
to nature. Burkett was the recipient of the 2004 Hasselblad Masters Award.