Photographs rendered in Play-Doh

“In total the project has probably cost £40 to produce”, says Play-Doh photography pioneer Eleanor Macnair, “That includes Play-Doh, two chopping boards and a new highball glass to use a rolling pin.”

New Brighton, from The Last Resort, 1983-85, by Martin Parr
New Brighton, from The Last Resort, 1983-85, by Martin Parr

For the past year, Macnair – a publicist by day – has been using her night hours to recreate famous photographic works in Play-Doh, then sharing the results on her blog photographsrenderedinplaydoh.tumblr.

Grace Jones, Revised and Updated, New York, 1978, by Jean Paul Goude
Grace Jones, Revised and Updated, New York, 1978, by Jean Paul Goude

The project started at a pub quiz put on by curator and publisher MacDonaldStrand – one round of which was to reproduce a famous photograph using Play-Doh.

Untitled, 1992, by Larry Clark
Untitled, 1992, by Larry Clark

Inspired by this concept, Macnair has gone on to create a prolific range of images, using source photos by the likes of Nadav Kander, Martin Parr and Larry Clark.

Safe from Harm, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2012, by Richard Mosse
Safe from Harm, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2012, by Richard Mosse

She creates the works each take about an hour to create. They are then photographed (using a digital camera) and immediately disassembled.

Guinevere Van Seenus with Cigarettes, Paris, 1996, by Paolo Roversi
Guinevere Van Seenus with Cigarettes, Paris, 1996, by Paolo Roversi

The Play-Doh photos have now been collected in a book, published by MacDonaldStrand and designed by The Entente.

Audrey with Toes and Wrist Bent, 2011, by Nadav Kander
Audrey with Toes and Wrist Bent, 2011, by Nadav Kander

Macnair says: “I have a simple, naïve love of photography and I hope this is reflected in the series. It’s my strange tribute to photography.”

Teenager, Suffolk, 2010, by Juergen Teller
Teenager, Suffolk, 2010, by Juergen Teller

Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh, by Eleanor Macnair, is published by MacDonaldStrand priced at £19.99.

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