Sohei Nishino began his series of Diorama Maps as a university student at Osaka University of Arts. After researching his chosen city, Nishino spends up to two months walking and photographing the urban environment, capturing thousands of images of streets, alleys, corners, and vistas from every imaginable angle. He then prints his contact sheets, cuts out the individual frames, and affixes them by hand onto board, in the process creating a large-scale, collaged map that expresses a truly personal interpretation of the featured location. Once the collages are complete, Nishino digitally photographs and presents them as high resolution, large-scale prints, often as big as 6 x 7 feet. New Work: Sohei Nishino features recent works from Diorama Maps, including a new map of San Francisco made especially for the exhibition.
Generous support for New Work: Sohei Nishino is provided by Alka and Ravin Agrawal, Adriane Iann and Christian Stolz, Wes and Kate Mitchell, and Robin Wright and Ian Reeves. Additional support is provided by the Japan Foundation.
Header image: Sohei Nishino, Diorama Map London, 2010; courtesy the artist and Michael Hoppen Gallery, London; © Sohei Nishino