Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh: RFK Funeral train, 1968 by Paul Fusco – 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.

Original photograph: RFK funeral train, 1968 by Paul Fusco

"Funeral train is one of my favourite photographic series. Rather than showing the obvious – the stately funeral, formal mourning relatives - Fusco has turned the other way to portray a nation in mourning. The series is like a journey through the backyards of America and I love the sense of movement and the light – something which is impossible to replicate in Play-Doh. I chose this photograph due to the gesture of the two boys with their hands raised in solemn salute – a gesture on a sun dappled idyllic day that Robert F Kennedy would never see – immortalised in this image." — 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: RFK Funeral train, 1968 by Paul Fusco

  • 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.

Original photograph: RFK funeral train, 1968 by Paul Fusco

"Funeral train is one of my favourite photographic series. Rather than showing the obvious – the stately funeral, formal mourning relatives - Fusco has turned the other way to portray a nation in mourning. The series is like a journey through the backyards of America and I love the sense of movement and the light – something which is impossible to replicate in Play-Doh. I chose this photograph due to the gesture of the two boys with their hands raised in solemn salute – a gesture on a sun dappled idyllic day that Robert F Kennedy would never see – immortalised in this image." — Eleanor Macnair

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