Here’s a cool story: A group of photographers meets in a virtual space, in this case Google+; they share their passion for photography, and out of the meeting comes a real book. That’s the story behind the Plus One Collection, a crowd-sourced compendium of 200 extraordinary photographers.
The book is the result of a single question asked by the group’s organizer, Ivan Makarov. “Hey, who wants to be in a book of photography?” Makarov received over 500 submissions. He held essentially a juried competition, narrowing down the pool to 200 images for the printed book – the ebook version, however, has all the photos submitted.
Proceeds from the book go to Kiva, a micro lending nonprofit. The Plus One Collection has already raised thousands of dollars through the sale of the ebook, Hardcover, and Softcover. And the book made the Blurb bestseller list too. Perhaps even cooler, it’s seemingly spawned a series of crowd-sourced books from across the web. Still: The Art of Living was created by the female Photographers of Etsy, while the /p/ photography forum on 4chan has created an eponymous volume of their own work.