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Handmade Diorama Maps Created Using Thousands of Printed Photos

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What you see above is a “map” of Paris created by collaging thousands of photographs shot in the city. It’s just one of the amazing pieces in Japanese photographer Sohei Nishino‘s Diorama Map project. The series contains maps of many of the world’s most famous cities, and all of them are photographed and collaged by hand.

To create each diorama map, Nishino visits a city and shoots thousands of photographs while walking around within them. His goal is to capture his personal memory of traveling around that city, and this stage often takes weeks — or even months.

Hundreds of rolls of black-and-white film and tens of thousands of photographs later, he develops and prints the film himself in a personal darkroom, brings everything into his studio, and then begins to edit them. He selects thousands of photographs that are representative of what he would like to show, and then sets to work creating a collage.

Using a sketch of the city’s layout on a giant white canvas, he spends months cutting photographs and gluing them onto the map in the locations they belong. The maps are not meant to be accurate recreations of exactly what a city looks like from above, but are instead more representative of his personal memory and experiences.

The process is tedious, but Nishino still manages to produce them at a rate of about three per year.

Here are some of the diorama maps he has created so far:

Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

New York City, New York

New York City, New York

London, England

London, England

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem, Israel

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

Here are a couple of time-lapse videos showing Nishino creating one of his diorama maps:

You can see more diorama maps and more of Nishino’s work over on his website.

Diorama Maps by Sohei Nishino (via POTB)


Image credits: Photographs by Sohei Nishino and used with permission


 
 
  • madmax

    So much work for this… Maybe someone like it!

  • sELF

    Impressive work! No need for Petapixel ‘critical’ cynics here. In fact why do they exist anyhow? Oh yes, to try to rescue their damaged ‘artistic’ egos by dismissing the creative output of others. Rather than show us their ‘genius’.

  • madmax

    No need to post your rude opinion about criticism here. Free criticism is the basis and support of internet and if you don´t like it, I don´t know what you are doing here. And as long as you don´t know who I am, better apply to yourself your suggestions. You can easily see my opinion about other photographers in this web. If you like this work, be happy with it. I just can´t like it.

  • sELF

    My comment was about the high level of criticism in general on a great website like PetaPixel. What is it indicative of etc. And not a personal attack. There are far too many cynics out there for me to become obsessed with you.
    Do you not think your comment was rude? Do you not think your response to my reply is rude : ‘I don´t know what you are doing here’?
    I suspect hypocrisy. Using your ‘talent’ to make a pointless comment about this talented artist.
    I guess you are taking out your anger and frustration with life on this artist via your comment. And I am taking out mine by replying to you in an open ‘free internet’ fashion. I do see that English is perhaps not your first language. So it may be that you are disadvantaged in this discussion.
    By the way, I cannot be bothered to spend my time researching your madmax ego on this website. I prefer to spend my time making art and watching great artistry.

  • madmax

    Your inmortal quotes:

    ‘No need for Petapixel ‘critical’ cynics here. In fact why do they exist anyhow? Oh yes, to try to rescue their damaged ‘artistic’ egos by dismissing the creative output of others’

    ‘I guess you are taking out your anger and frustration with life on this artist via your comment’

    HAHAHA! You better open a fake psychoanalysis business! Keep on ‘making art’. bye bye, ‘artist’

  • madmax

    Thanks admin for censoring my answer while maintaining the other. Anyway, never mind. You see, only two people comment this work…

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    We won’t tolerate angry/mean comments that are directly aimed at another person in the comments section. That’s the reason for the “censorship.” Just FYI :)

  • http://www.observingtime.com/ agour

    I saw these in an exhibition a few months back, really incredible work! Much better in person than a 500px jpeg ;)

  • TJ

    Very impressive work, incredibly hard to try and create my own version for gcse photography, but giving it a go….!