Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh: The Necklace, Buenos Aires, Argentin – 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: The Necklace, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1999 by Alessandra Sanguinetti

"Alessandra Sanguinetti’s series ‘The Adventures of Guille and Belinda’ has always enchanted me. It speaks to me of those intense, close friendships you can only have as children, where the imaginary coexists with reality. I love the pride in Belinda’s face as she stares directly at, yet through, the camera and I knew that I had to try to nail this when recreating it in Play-Doh, or the image just wouldn’t work at all." — 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: The Necklace, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1999 by Alessandra Sanguinetti

  • 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: The Necklace, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1999 by Alessandra Sanguinetti

"Alessandra Sanguinetti’s series ‘The Adventures of Guille and Belinda’ has always enchanted me. It speaks to me of those intense, close friendships you can only have as children, where the imaginary coexists with reality. I love the pride in Belinda’s face as she stares directly at, yet through, the camera and I knew that I had to try to nail this when recreating it in Play-Doh, or the image just wouldn’t work at all." — Eleanor Macnair

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