The one major argument that still looms in the Internet vs. Magazines debate is the fact that images can’t look as good in pixels as they do in print. Pictory, a new online magazine filled with well-curated stories, could shift that debate.
Founder Laura Brunow Miner wanted to give context to the eye candy that populates our Flickr streams. “Maybe it’s a new model for online magazines,” she writes in her introduction. “Or, maybe it’s just the best I can do from my living room.”
Readers respond to themed calls-for-entry with photos and captions telling the story behind them. The first feature, Overseas and Overwhelmed is the equivalent to traveling breathlessly around the world in 25 photos; each image is National Geographic-quality, but made even more complex, nuanced and a heck of a lot more interesting by the first-person perspective below it. It builds an intriguing narrative–and still fulfills all our daily eye candy needs. We’ll definitely be watching this one.