Carine Magescas’ dexterity for sophisticated minimalism can be experienced within a single frame. Through delicate overexposure Magescas captures a luminous haven of subdued serenity with a timeless quality. Peaceful and sophisticated, Magescas’ minimalist images speak to the universal, allowing daydreaming through a sense of calm and purity.
“I started to photograph my new home country to record what moved me but also contrasts or similarities to what I felt familiar to me in France. Like Saul Leiter, whom I greatly admire, I think there is beauty in the ordinary. I am particularly drawn to composition with multiple layers, capturing a sense of abstraction. When a second look at a photograph reveals more than what you first thought you saw.”
Carine Magescas is a French photographer who moved to the US in 1998. After living in San Francisco and New York, she now calls Los Angeles home. Her photography was first discovered after she launched a collaborative photo blog in 2010: 2Filles2Villes.com, a weekly dialog in photos across the Atlantic with a Parisian friend.
Since then, Magescas’ work has been exhibited in New York, London, San Francisco, Nantucket, Greenwich and the Hamptons and her photographs hang in private collectors’ homes worldwide.
To know more, you can read an extensive interview with Carine on Photographer’s House and watch a “behind the scene” video of her taken at the San Francisco opening of the La Plage Blanche exhibition.
“Carine Magescas photographs minimal seascapes with a timeless and placeless quality. Peaceful, serene and sophisticated, these familiar beach scenes speak universally as their beauty evokes a sense of calm and purity.
To create her vision and to add gravitas to the purpose and feel of the works, she has stripped the images right down to create high contrasts and an over-exposed ambience, which reiterates the feeling of openness and minimalism that comes from the composition and moves them into the realms of fine art.”
Angie Davey, Creative Director – Eyestorm
“Carine Magescas is a magician of light. She plays beautifully with its shimmery effects in space. The progression in her work is emblematic of her spiritual process, leaning towards less and less rather than more. Gradually, realism leaves place to a pure pictorial project. Beyond the anecdote – the beach, the surfboards, dissolve from the loud agitation of the world to become luminous havens of peace and serenity, yet with no affectation and a sense of universality.”
Catherine de la Clergerie, Author