Photographer Sohei Nishino creates dioramas of famous cities in the world

Sohei Nishino is a photographer well known for his incredible dioramas of famous cities.

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 gathers 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 prints.

The overall effect is not a traditional bird’s-eye view but an enlightened way of seeing three dimensions in one plane. Although geographical accuracy is important in this process, scales are altered and locations occasionally repeated mimicking our own fluid memories of place and time. From a distance the maps are almost abstract, it is not until we examine them in detail that the full diorama unfolds – the theatre of one man’s city played out in miniature.
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