This may come across the wrong way, so be it.
I have been reading a lot of opinions and different ideas of how to go about this, my question is, who else had done anything about these ideas. At this point all I am getting is grief and slather with no action being taken by anyone. I'm sorry but this idea started less than a week ago and to date I have a publisher with a plan and the blessing of Sean who's opinion counts more because he carried through with an idea and created APUG.
John, you keep stressing the "cost" and we don't even know what the cost is YET. How about getting on board and submitting some of that wonderful work that you do and encourage others to do the same so that we can find out what the cost will be. It cost next to nothing to send in an excellent example of your work, if we do not receive enough submissions to make it economically feasible then and only then should we drop it but please don't trash it before you try it.*
I have seen the results that can be had with the blurb site and they are fine if that is all you want but from what I have seen and heard about the Lodima prints were talking apples and oranges here. Again, if you want the POD do something about it don't just flap your virtual gums.*
Finally, Michael has put an offer on the table to do the book and judge the prints all on his own dime. From what I get from him all he is asking is to cover the expenses that he cannot afford to do himself how bad is that. I have read where y'all want someone with "significant experience of curating shows and exhibitions". Michael and Paula have that experience, they've done books for artists such as Brett and Edward Weston, George Tice and Robert Adams for crying out loud. Who else here can say that?
One more thing. View Camera Magazine is offering a limited edition of George Tice's "Ticetown" with a limited print for $1250.00, guess who the printer is.