Carine Magescas

Carine Magescas’ dexterity for sophisticated minimalism can be experienced within a single frame. Through delicate overexposure Magescas captures timeless luminous havens of subdued serenity. With scenes of white and muted hues, Magescas’ minimalist images speak to the universal and encourages us to ponder, while human presence at its scarcest, sliver of silhouettes, paradoxically comes all the more alive.

“Like Saul Leiter, whose work I always admired, I think there is beauty in the ordinary. And simplicity is not without complexity. I am particularly drawn to composition with multiple layers, capturing a sense of abstraction. When a second look 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 unique collaborative project in 2010: a weekly photo diptych and a dialog in photographs across the Atlantic between 2 longtime friends.

Since then, Magescas’ work has been exhibited in New York, London, San Francisco, Nantucket, Greenwich, Palm Beach, Dallas and the Hamptons and her over-scaled photographs hang in collectors’ homes and private collections.

“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 deep sense of universality.”

Catherine de la Clergerie, Author