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All proceeds of the sale of this print will go to the International Rescue Committee.

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.

Prized Possession (#2). Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa, 2008 by Jim Goldberg

"When I was growing up I had a mint green radio cassette player which was a prized possession, and this is why I have always been drawn to this image. Although mine was to listen to music, Wembe in this photograph by Jim Goldberg, used to climb to the hill outside Mugunga refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo with his radio to listen for good news. I like to hope that Wembe still has his radio and that he got the good news he hoped for." — 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: Prized Possession (#2). Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa, 2008 by Jim Goldberg

  • 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.


All proceeds of the sale of this print will go to the International Rescue Committee.

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.

Prized Possession (#2). Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa, 2008 by Jim Goldberg

"When I was growing up I had a mint green radio cassette player which was a prized possession, and this is why I have always been drawn to this image. Although mine was to listen to music, Wembe in this photograph by Jim Goldberg, used to climb to the hill outside Mugunga refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo with his radio to listen for good news. I like to hope that Wembe still has his radio and that he got the good news he hoped for." — Eleanor Macnair

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