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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.

Southend, England 1977. From ‘The Teds’ by Chris Steele-Perkins

"I’ve always loved photographs documenting sub-cultures and Chris Steele-Perkins ‘The Teds’ is one of the best. This isn’t one of his best-known photographs from this project but I love its simplicity – it highlights the fashion and style, and most importantly, the attitude. " — 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: Southend, England 1977. From ‘The Teds’ by Chris Steele-Perkins

  • 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.

Southend, England 1977. From ‘The Teds’ by Chris Steele-Perkins

"I’ve always loved photographs documenting sub-cultures and Chris Steele-Perkins ‘The Teds’ is one of the best. This isn’t one of his best-known photographs from this project but I love its simplicity – it highlights the fashion and style, and most importantly, the attitude. " — Eleanor Macnair

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