Sohei Nishino - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Initially developed and conceptualized during his undergraduate studies at the Osaka University of the Arts in Japan, Sohei Nishino's project, Diorama Maps, provides an uncanny reimagining of various twenty-first century cities. Produced in 2016, Diorama Map: San Francisco is a stunning example of Nishino's novel approach. While wandering around a city of prominence, Nishino produces a plethora of images, frequently composed from a high-angle perspective. These pictures capture quintessential landmarks, atmospheric elements, and at times, residents on the street. After the image-making phase, he meticulously constructs massive collages using bits and pieces from over 4,000 prints. Once satisfied with his handiwork and layout, Nishino photographs the final collage – resulting in a kaleidoscopic image, sometimes up to seven feet wide. The impressive scale invites the viewer to inspect various details of the scene closely. Importantly, Nishino's maps aren't necessarily geographically accurate, a purposeful choice as the artist desires to convey the sensory and experiential aspects of a place:  

    “... a trace of the way in which I walked through it, an embodiment of my awareness, a microcosm of the life and energy that comprises the city.”
    —Sohei Nishino 

     Making-of video for Sohei Nishino’s Diorama Map: San Francisco, 2016

    • Provenance

      Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, 2020


Diorama Map: San Francisco

Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.
41 3/4 x 64 in. (106 x 162.6 cm)
Overall 45 3/4 x 67 1/2 in. (116.2 x 171.5 cm)

Signed and numbered AP1 in ink on a gallery label affixed to the frame-backing. One from an edition of 15 plus 1 artist's proof.

Full Cataloguing

$35,000 - 55,000 

Sold for $44,450

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Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs


Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 11 October 2023