The Photography of Kenn Bisio



Como, Colorado 1981

I bought my first 4×5 camera in 1980. A beauty. I still have it. A Zone VI 4×5 Field Camera with a 210mm Schneider f/5.6 “normal” lens. I took it up to Como, Colorado for the first time in 1980. I could not figure out how to work it. I have since figured it out. So…

In 1981 I went up to Como, a sort of ghost town off Highway 285. Como paralyzed me because there is so much to photograph. I didn’t know where to start. I left my 4×5 in my darkroom in Denver and took my 35mm cameras and Kodachrome film to Como. This is the first image I made in Como, and it is the photograph that encouraged me to bring my 4×5 there and learn how to use it.

Here is “Shutters, Como, Colorado.”


Digital Pigment Print
6×9, mounted and matted on 11×14
100 percent museum rag (archival) board

Leica M3
90mm f/2
Summicron lens at f/16 and 1/60
Kodachrome 64 at 80 asa and 1/3 under exposed for saturation