Photobooks of 2021: Christopher McCall

Surface Tension by Tabitha Soren, RVB

This has been another odd year, and books have been a place of solace for me. If I were forced to pick my favorite book of the year it would be a tie between Deanna Templeton and Bieke Depoorter’s brilliant books! Those two stood out above the rest. Overall, it was a great year for photobooks, and, as a result, this is a longer than normal list. I hope you enjoy the selection as much as I have.

What She Said by Deanna Templeton, Mack

Agata by Bieke Depoorter, Self Published

Languor by Donovan Smallwood, Trespasser

El Jardín de Senderos Que Se Bifurcan by Tarrah Krajnak, Dais

The Local by Nick Meyer, Mack

Arboreal by Virginia Wilcox, Deadbeat Club

Surface Tension by Tabitha Soren, RVB

Venus & Mercury by Viviane Sassen,  Aperture

The World's First Photobook was Blue by Anna Cabrera and Angel Albarrán, the(M) Editions

Laurel Mountain by Jake Reinhardt, Deadbeat Club

Suburban Bus by Alejandro Cartagena, The Velvet Cell

Street Portraits by Dawoud Bey, Mack

Family Diary by Issei Suda, Chose Commune

Town of C by Richard Rothman, Stanley Barker

Catherine Opie by Catherine Opie, Phaidon

Ground Truth by Sheung Yiu, The Eriskay Connection

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 7 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 in 2010, McCall has overseen the presentation of ten exhibitions and spearheaded the creation of the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program, a program in collaboration with California College of the Arts. In 2015 he implemented the Larry Sultan Photography Award in partnership with the Headlands Center for the Arts. 

Surface Tension by Tabitha Soren, RVB
Languor by Donovan Smallwood, Trespasser

Languor by Donovan Smallwood, Trespasser