Christopher McCall (MFA Photography 2003) has spent the last seven years serving as the founding director at Pier 24 Photography, an exhibition space on the Embarcadero considered to be the largest in the world dedicated solely to photography.
It’s here where the Pilara Foundation Collection is housed -- a collection of more than 4,000 photographs established by Andrew and Mary Pilara that spans the history of the medium and its international breadth.
Since its inception in 2008, Pier 24 Photography has hosted seven exhibitions, including works by acclaimed photographers such as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Thomas Demand, Lee Friedlander, Rinko Kawauchi, Henry Wessel, Garry Winogrand, and, most recently, Paul Graham.
The Pilaras’ goal was to create a space that would complement -- not replace -- other local arts organizations. They wanted to engage the community through exhibitions, publications, and public programs.