In 1749, John Rocque realised a formidable mapping oft he city of London by combining the most traditional techniques for topographic survey with experimental ways of measuring the space.

In 2010, Sohei Nishino walks through the streets of the English capital, accumulating a number of pictures in order to create his own map oft he City: a stratification of visual inputs, memories, and notes of an attentive explorer. Horizontal and vertical visions coexist on the same level, a wide work surface area that enables him to crate ‚perspectival attempts’ that mix the lack of depth of technical drawings with the three three-dimensional photographies. Also, the planimetry near the monuments and famous attractions is rearticulated by the artist, who adds particulars that are not part of the scientific perspective – like Rocque’ s detailed ships sailing in a dimension-less Thames.

In Sohei Nishino’ s work, photography, right after it’s taken, is not complete yet; it is fluid and open until it’s fixed onto a dynamic map of the personal and visual experience that preserve the memories behind every picture.

Lia Ronchi


Sohei Nishino, Diorama map – London, 2010.

© Sohei Nishino 2010.