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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: Subway, NYC 1980 by Bruce Davidson
“On first glance, Bruce Davidson’s ‘Subway’ series shows a dark and dangerous side of New York in the early 1980s – you can almost hear, smell and feel the subway through these images. I was interested to see if there was some way to translate the extreme contrasts of shadow and colour into Play-Doh. I chose to try to remake this photograph of two young lovers… a glimpse of tenderness and humanity amongst the grit and the noise of the subway.” — Eleanor Macnair
These prints come in an edition of 70 and are signedthe back of the print.