NEW UPDATE! The winners of the free copies have been picked! Congratulations to Laura Michna and Kyle Reynolds! You’ll get an email shortly with details on how to download your copy.
UPDATE: We’re giving away two free copies of the Plus One Collection’s eBook version, which has the combined work of all 500+ photographers that contributed to the book.
To win, leave a comment on this post and tell us why you want a copy. We’ll pick two comments at random as winners on Friday, March 30, 2012.
Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.
This week on Photo Finds, we have a photographer and a fantastic bit of collaborative work that he was instrumental in creating.
Some of you may already know Ivan Makarov, especially if you’re a photographer who spends any amount of time on Google+. His work on the Plus One collection (more on that in a second) has brought together a huge number of photographers from the Google+ community to contribute their photographs for a book that is being sold for charity. Ivan’s own work is featured in this book, and with good reason; his photography speaks to a lot of folks.
Stark, yet vibrant. Austere, yet lush. Ivan’s work often encompasses disparate qualities that speak to his skill as a photographer. The photographs from his gallery “House that Stalin Built” are a perfect instance of this.
His study of the Park Pobedy station, for example, encompasses the grandeur and harshness of Soviet-era follies, and creates something visually stunning. It doesn’t just do justice to those edifices of Marxist/proletariat aesthetic, but does them a kindness, stripping away color and leaving structure and form that is simply awesome to behold.
Ivan’t work can be found on Google+ and on his own website, ivanmakarov.com. I strongly encourage you to check it out, and watch for our upcoming interview with him on a future episode of BLCast, the official podcast of BorrowLenses.com.
The idea, as the Plus One Collection’s website says, 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.
It’s humbling to see such amazing work out there, especially from photographers you haven’t heard of. Sure, there are known artists like Trey Ratcliff and R.C. Concepcion, but many of the 500+ artists are relative unknowns – though you wouldn’t know it, looking at their work.
The Plus One Collection is sold in three formats: a hardcover book, a softcover book, and a PDF eBook. All the net proceeds go to Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.
The Plus One Collection also has a blog, where they will be posting conversations with the contributing artists, essays, announcements, and other info related to the book. The first conversation, with Joel Tjintjelaar (a personal favorite photographer of mine) is up now.
Visit the Plus One Collection’s website for more info on the book, as well as the artists who contributed to it.
All Photos Courtesy and Copyright © Ivan Makarov. All Rights Reserved.
That’s it for this week’s Photo Finds. If you’ve got an idea for someone who should be featured here, please let us know. Leave a comment or reach out to us via Twitter, Facebook or Google+.
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