When Matthew Edelstein stepped away from his full-time gig at Details in 2008 he put his newfound freedom to immediate good use. The blog-style site he created, bare-bones all the way, quickly became a sort of creative safe haven for photographers, models and creative directors itching to escape the controlling arm of a big magazine. While most print publications are struggling to build on their online presence, Contributing Editor is a magazine that exists solely on the screen.
At Contributing Editor, turnaround is quick. Edelstein and his CE partner Ryan Schmidt coordinate with their various contributors to get their work published quickly, infusing the whole project with a youthful energy — from shoots with bands like Young Lords to a look inside the much-photographed Shipley & Halmos office, this is all fun stuff from seasoned veterans getting a chance to do their own thing.
This is hardly the first online-only style/culture publication, but it is defiantly unique in that the site looks like a collection of image scans. Contributing Editor isn’t trying to be a web publication — it’s a publication that just so happens to be on the web. Can we expect much more of the same as everything continues to make its move onto the Internet?