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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 signedthe back of the print.

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