Selected works by Sohei Nishino

Sohei Nishino
Diorama Of New York

2009

Light jet print

172.2 x 134 cm

Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Sohei Nishino
Diorama Of Paris

2009

Light jet print

135 x 156 cm

If there were a presiding spirit over Nishino’s dioramas, it would have to be Italo Calvino’s Marco Polo, guiding us through Invisible Cities where the imagination takes over the job of urban planning from the rational architects and administrators. If anything, we are over-mapped today. Anyone with a screen can in a matter of seconds hone in on a country, a city, a street, a house, a doorway. It’s magic of a kind, I suppose, but then why does it so quickly wear off? Where is the wonder we feel when looking at medieval maps, when cartographers felt justified in filling terra incognita with imaginary islands and two headed-men?

Sohei Nishino
Diorama Of Tokyo

2009

Light jet print

136.5 x 137 cm

Nishino reinvests cities with wonder (and not incidentally cites 18th-century cartographer Inō Tadataka, who also did his surveys on foot, as an influence). Streets bustle, buildings tilt and sway (perhaps only an earthquake-sensitive Japanese could portray cities perched so precariously on the Earth). The old Cubists would have adored these maps: we look up while looking down; we look down… and see the sky. Nishino’s giddy maps remind us that cities, for all their giddy chaos, are at the core miraculous human achievements.

Text by William A Ewing


Other Resources

souheinishino.com
Artist’s website

tokyoartbeat.com
Sohei Nishino begins his work with camera in hand, walking around every inch of a city. His debut work was "Osaka", a city he is thoroughly acquainted with. He used well over 150 rolls of film, surveying and photographing Osaka from about 50 locations.

emoninc.com
Emon Photo Gallery, Tokyo: Sohei Nishino put a period on his "DioramaMap" series with the completion of the 7th work entitled "PARIS". All of his original works in the series will be arriving with this new work in color, which is the final chapter of the series.

public-image.org
Interview with Sohei Noshino – in Japanese

canon.com
Canon Excellence Award Winner – Sohei Nishino: I am deeply committed and passionate about photography. I believe that photography is a way of looking at the self. Rather than thinking about what I can do with photography, I take pictures in a quest to see what I can become through photography.