Riot of Perfume, a biannual magazine based in New York City launched its fourth issue this Summer. The issue focuses primarily on imagery, and features no text except poetry and the editor's letter. Features include never-before-seen photos by the legendary documentary photojournalist Leonard Freed, longtime Magnum member; experimental portrait fashion story by Charlotte Wales and Clare Byrne; intimate couples portraits by Sandy Kim; a collection of work by Benedict Brink; artwork by Ann Greene Kelly & Sarah Sieradski; a black-and-white fashion story by Dan McMahon; night sky series by Ryan McGinley, several images of which have never been published before.
The magazine's editors focus on publishing content in a more surprising, unconventional way. Ryan McGinley's photo story is a compilation of his own landscape portraits of the night sky, taken at various countryside locations.
Aside from the Letter from the Editor, the only issue's only text is in the form of poetry. All pieces in this issure are written by an international selection of notable contemporary female poets. This is a great example of the degree in which poetry can act as a visual medium, by leaving the interpretation up to the viewer.
In their fourth issue the magazine pushes the definition of an "art/fashion/culture" magazine, by presenting the reader with pure and straightforward imagery. The absence of contextualized writing leaves viewers to interpret the magazine's visual language.
The juxtaposition of stories engage the reader and force the reader to discover their own theme or narrative. True creativity. The work speaks for itself.