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.
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.
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.
She creates the works each take about an hour to create. They are then photographed (using a digital camera) and immediately disassembled.
The Play-Doh photos have now been collected in a book, published by MacDonaldStrand and designed by The Entente.
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.”
Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh, by Eleanor Macnair, is published by MacDonaldStrand priced at £19.99.