The idea is simple.
We, a group of photographers from an online community on social network Google+ thought, hey, why not publish a photography book together? We spent a lot of time talking photography online, share and look at each other's work, and even meet together to socialize and shoot. Why not collaborate on a project together? That's how the idea of this book was born.
When the call to contribute came, 500+ photographers, both known and less known, from all over the world responded, willing to donate their art for the project.
So why publish this book? Two reasons.
First, we wanted to see each other’s work in print. In today’s digital world, most photographs aren’t printed, and never become something tangible. Looking at photographs printed on paper is a very powerful experience. When photographs are tangible, they tend to last longer – in our minds and in our art collections.
Second, by publishing the book, we hoped to raise funds for a good cause to give back to our world. All net proceeds from the sales of the first book published in 2012 were donated to Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.
First edition of the book raised little over $10,000.
Other Facts about Plus One Collection
- Photographers of all levels are represented - established professionals, up and coming artists, and amateurs just picking up photography
- Photographers contributing to the project are from all four continents, representing 53 countries. Less than 50% are from the USA
- Photographs in the book are just as diverse, representing all styles of today's photography
- Book's editor and project manager is Ivan Makarov - you can find him here
- The book is designed by design professional, Andy Lee, who volunteered his time to put the book together
- A team of 11 photographers chose the images for the print edition. The PDF and mobile app will include ALL photographs submitted to the project
- The total team working on the project consisted of 15 volunteers - none paid
- Google+ page is here
Plus One Magazine
Our community had a blast with the book, so in the fall of 2012, we kicked off another similar project, but in a form of the magazine. It's called Plus One Magazine.
Next Plus One Collection
In the beginning of 2013, we're going to publish next volume of Plus One Collection. Stay tuned for updates!
What Others Said About Plus One Collection
Last year there was a lot of excitement about what we were doing. Here are some of our favorite quotes.
"A huge group of very talented people decided to use their talents to help others, all with a big doze of a Silicon Valley technology" - NBC Bay Area
"Within two months, working entirely through the online community - a book designer in London, a Web designer in Switzerland, an engineer in Germany, and a law office in Washington, D.C., all donated services - Makarov has self-published a visually stunning coffee-table book called "Plus One Collection," with 200 full-page photos." - San Francisco Chronicle
"I’ve loved seeing this project come together as photographers from all over the world have contributed (literally only 65% of the photographers are from the US/Canada, the rest are from all over the world including Europe, Asia and as far away as Oceania!). The book shares a love for photography and fine art along with a way that we have been able to give back to the world that we all find beauty in and photograph every day" - Thomas Hawk
Notice of Rights Articles and photographs reproduced in Plus One Collection and on this web-site with permission of the author or copyright holder. While the project was organized on Google+ social network by the members of its online community, this Work (the website, the book, the ebook and the mobile app) is not an official publication by Google, Inc. or any of its affiliates (collectively, "Google"). Plus One Collection is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Google, ONE organization, or any other company, organization, or mark that uses the words “One” or “Plus One.”