Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh: Girl with balloons, Grozny, Chechnya – Magnum Photos

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To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, artist Eleanor Macnair has recreated 10 photographs from the photo agency’s history in Play-Doh. Celebrating both the agency’s heritage and its contemporary artists, works by Elliott Erwitt, Jim Goldberg, Martin Parr, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alec Soth, Chris Steele-Perkins, Newsha Tavakolian, Thomas Dworzak and Paul Fusco have been re-imagined in vivid Play-Doh colors.

In the project Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh, Macnair remakes both familiar and lesser-known images in children’s modelling clay and posts the results to the internet via her blog and Instagram. A self-taught artist, her tools are amateur – off the shelf Play-Doh, a chopping board, a scalpel and an empty wine bottle as a rolling pin. After each sculpture is shot it is disassembled and the Play-Doh returned to respective pots to be used again for future renderings.

Girl with balloons, Grozny, Chechnya, Russia, March 2002 by Thomas Dworzak

"This photograph, by Thomas Dworzak, was taken in the centre of Grozny in 2002 where little had been rebuilt in the years since the two recent wars. For me, what is striking about this photograph is the contrast between the signs of conflict in the landscape and girl’s colourful balloons. I’m fascinated by the ambiguity of the girl’s gesture of covering her face with her hands… is this a gesture of horror and upset, or a playful response of shyness, attempting to hide her face from the photographer." — Eleanor Macnair

These prints come in an edition of 70 and are signed, captioned and stamped on the back of the print.

  • Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh: Girl with balloons, Grozny, Chechnya, Russia, March 2002 by Thomas Dworzak

  • Eleanor Macnair

Exclusively available from the Magnum Shop, artist Eleanor Macnair has recreated 10 photographs from the photo agency’s history in Play-Doh to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos.


To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, artist Eleanor Macnair has recreated 10 photographs from the photo agency’s history in Play-Doh. Celebrating both the agency’s heritage and its contemporary artists, works by Elliott Erwitt, Jim Goldberg, Martin Parr, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alec Soth, Chris Steele-Perkins, Newsha Tavakolian, Thomas Dworzak and Paul Fusco have been re-imagined in vivid Play-Doh colors.

In the project Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh, Macnair remakes both familiar and lesser-known images in children’s modelling clay and posts the results to the internet via her blog and Instagram. A self-taught artist, her tools are amateur – off the shelf Play-Doh, a chopping board, a scalpel and an empty wine bottle as a rolling pin. After each sculpture is shot it is disassembled and the Play-Doh returned to respective pots to be used again for future renderings.

Girl with balloons, Grozny, Chechnya, Russia, March 2002 by Thomas Dworzak

"This photograph, by Thomas Dworzak, was taken in the centre of Grozny in 2002 where little had been rebuilt in the years since the two recent wars. For me, what is striking about this photograph is the contrast between the signs of conflict in the landscape and girl’s colourful balloons. I’m fascinated by the ambiguity of the girl’s gesture of covering her face with her hands… is this a gesture of horror and upset, or a playful response of shyness, attempting to hide her face from the photographer." — Eleanor Macnair

These prints come in an edition of 70 and are signed, captioned and stamped on the back of the print.