Self-portrait, taken c. 1929 by Salvador Dalí, rendered in Play-Doh. Edition of 5. Printed on 13″ x 16″ giclee, signed and stamped on the reverse by the artist. Prints will ship at the end of the exhibition.
Originating in the US, the first photobooth, or photomaton, opened for business in Paris at Luna Park in the late 1920s. André Breton, the “father of Surrealism”, and his circle were among its most enraptured users, returning frequently to the amusement park to make automatic self-portraits that show them not as untouchable artworld legends but as fallible human beings joining in with the latest social craze.
Though usually treated as throwaway, these black-and-white photobooth portraits have survived to the present day. In homage to the spirit of Surrealism, not to mention disposable materials, Eleanor Macnair has rendered nine of these early twentieth-century selfies in her own disposable material of choice, Play-Doh, and then rephotographed them.