Sohei Nishino - Photographs London Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Michael Hoppen Gallery, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    Sohei Nishino’s ongoing monumental series Diorama Maps brings his experience of walking the city to life. To create his map of London, offered here in this lot, Nishino spent one month walking around London and photographing from a variety of vantage points. He took over 10,000 photographs and used over 300 rolls of black-and-white 35mm film. The next three months were spent back in his Tokyo studio, printing his contact sheets in his darkroom, selecting some 4,000 images, cutting out the individual frames, and then affixing them onto a large board. Once the collage was complete, it was re-photographed digitally to produce the final large-scale work.

    From a distance, this meticulous aerial map appears abstract, inviting the viewer to examine it up close to see such landmarks as the Thames, the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace or the Gherkin. ‘I just let myself rely on the experience of walking,’ Nishino says, ‘It’s the accidental, coincidental elements that make it interesting. Then once I’m home I continue the journey of discovery in the darkroom.’ His recent solo exhibition of new work from Diorama Maps was held at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from November 2016 to February 2017.



London from Diorama Map

Archival pigment print, flush-mounted.
Image/Sheet: 127.5 x 209.2 cm (50 1/4 x 82 3/8 in.)
Frame: 141.4 x 244 cm (55 5/8 x 96 1/8 in.)

Signed in Japanese in ink, printed title, date and number 2/5 on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

This work is number 2 from the sold-out edition of 5 + 2 AP. This image is sold out in all sizes and editions.

£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £65,000

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London Auction 18 May 2017