Sohei Nishino: Water Line

A Story of the Po River



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Sohei Nishino


The Po river flows for over 600 km through four different regions of Northern Italy, from its source in the mountains of Piedmont to its wide delta in the Adriatic Sea. About 16 million people live along the banks of the longest river in Italy, and more than a third of Italian industries and agricultural production are concentrated here.

In 2017 the Japanese photographer Sohei Nishino traveled along the river, taking hundreds of photographs, which he then printed, combined in collage and arranged on large tableaux. The works created by Nishino are a habitat to different perspectives and languages in which map and diorama blend harmoniously to give life to a new vision of reality.

Swarming with life, this image of the river is composed of a multitude of faces, industrial landscapes, glimpses of the river, city views and scenes of everyday life, thus combining details and broad views, and creating an image-filled polyptych. At the center of all is the river, understood as a fundamental condition for existence and a symbol of its continuous flow. Water Line: A Story of the Po River , the photographer’s second monograph, brings together over a hundred black and white images never published before.

Additional information

Weight 828 g
Dimensions 24.7 x 24.9 cm
Publisher name Damiani Editore
Publication date 1 September 2019
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.7 x 24.9 cm
Weight 828 g


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Sohei Nishino was born in Japan in 1982. He graduated from Osaka University of the Arts in 2004, when he began working on his Diorama Map series. In making his Diorama maps, Nishino combines photography, collage, cartography and psychogeography to create large prints of urban landscapes. In his final works, he re-imagines the cities he has visited in order to build new worlds. He has exhibited internationally in prestigious museum and galleries: Daegu Photo Biennale, Korea; Saatchi Gallery, London; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; ICP, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has received many major awards, including the Young Eye Japanese Photographer Association Award, the Canon Excellence Award, together with the Mast Foundation for photography grant on industry and work. Nishino is based in Tokyo, where he lives and works. He is represented by the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London and the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York.