The Photographer’s Playspace
November 19, 2014 - January 29, 2015
  • Mike Slack
  • Melissa Cantanese, Untitled
  • Gregory Halpern, Untitled
  • Jason Fulford, The Collected Short Stories of Mark E. Smith
  • Pieter Hugo, Untitled, from the Californian Wildflowers series
Christopher McCall is the director of Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco, one of the largest exhibition spaces devoted to photography. In 2002, McCall received his MFA in Photography from California College of the Arts, studying under Jim Goldberg and Larry Sultan. After teaching for seven years, he joined Pier 24 Photography in 2009 as the inaugural director, assisting in the conceptualization of the organization’s mission and operating principles. Since opening the doors of Pier 24, McCall has overseen the presentation of five exhibitions and spearheaded the creation of the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program, a program in collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and California College of the Arts.

Curated by Christopher McCall of Pier 24 Photography

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 19, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

The Photographer’s Playspace features twenty photographers who have created new works in response to assignments from the Aperture book The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas, a recently published compilation designed to inspire fresh perspectives in a photographer’s creative process. Using assignments selected by Christopher McCall, director of Pier 24 Photography, the photographers produced works that both reflect a continuation of established practices and represent new directions in making pictures. The exhibition reveals each artist’s distinctive process and aesthetic, demonstrating how a simple prompt can inspire renewed engagement with the medium.

Photographers and their assignments:

Eric William Carroll responded to an assignment by John Baldessari
Melissa Catanese responded to an assignment by Carlo Van de Roer
John Chiara responded to an assignment by Douglas Beasley
Elspeth Diederix responded to an assignment by Sara Cwynar
Jason Fulford responded to an assignment by Triin Tamm
Jim Goldberg responded to an assignment by Eric William Carroll
Daniel Gordon responded to an assignment by Corin Hewitt
Katy Grannan responded to an assignment by Matt Johnston
Gregory Halpern responded to an assignment by Lucas Foglia
Todd Hido responded to an assignment by Oscar Palacio
Pieter Hugo responded to an assignment by Daniel Gordon
Ron Jude responded to an assignment by Aaron Schuman
Chris McCaw responded to an assignment by Shimabuku
Sean McFarland responded to an assignment by Lisa Elmaleh
Ed Panar responded to an assignment by David Hurn
Alessandra Sanguinetti responded to an assignment by Paul Reas
Viviane Sassen responded to an assignment by Schuyler Duffy
Mike Slack responded to an assignment by Susan Meiselas
Alec Soth responded to an assignment by Paul Reas
Hank Willis Thomas responded to an assignment by Michael Ashkin

The commissioned photographs, many of which have been produced in unique editions, will be available through Aperture Foundation. Sales proceeds support the Foundation’s public and book-publishing programs. For more information, contact prints@aperture.org.