Mapping it

Sohei Nishino's photographic collage recreations of major cities reveal surprisingly intimate details.
Posted 21 Dec 10 By Design Indaba Creative Work / Design News Comments

Japanese photographer Sohei Nishino has developed an extraordinary way of mapping major world cities as a personal “re-experiencing”.

The Diorama Series of Maps is monumental in size and maps out Nishino’s personal impressions of big cities with countless intimate details that consist of thousands of photographs pieced together in a collage-like manner.

While these collages are not exact geographic recreations, landmarks and other iconic features are clearly visible. Nishino’s work will be on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London from 24 February to 2 April 2011.

The photographer’s process involves walking the city and taking photographs from every possible angle. For his collage of London, Nishino took more than 10 000 pictures, which he hand-printed in his dark room before piecing them together to create a striking replicate of the city.