Sohei Nishino was born in Hyogo, Japan in 1982. He graduated from Osaka University of the Arts in 2004, when he began working on his Diorama Map series. Nishino was the subject of a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2016. His work is held in permanent collections including the Jean Pigozzi Collection, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the Saatchi gallery and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
In making his Diorama maps, Nishino combines photography, collage, cartography and psychogeography to create large prints of urban landscapes. Drawing inspiration from the 18th century Japanese mapmaker, Ino Tadataka, his prints re-imagine the cities he has visited. To build his Diorama maps, Nishino walks a city's streets for an average of three months, exploring many vantage points and gathering hundreds of rolls of exposed film. He then painstakingly prints the photographs by hand and compiles them to form the tableaux he will use as the basis for his limited edition photographs.
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