Potrero: 1980s

Jo Babcock Photography
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Potrero Hill & Mission Bay; circa 1980

Photography exhibit featuring Jo Babcock.                          

Artist's Statement:

Between 1979 and 1983, I photographed extensively around San Francisco’s Potrero Hill and Mission Bay neighborhoods. Shooting over 200 color negatives with a high quality 4"x5" view camera, I documented major features of the area including its local architecture.

During the 1970s & 80s, Mission Bay and lower Potrero were still active, maritime and industrial neighborhoods. Noise, pollution and flammable gas tanks were tolerated in close proximity to Victorian houses and residents of low to modest incomes. Artists lived in raw, asbestos-ridden warehouses with cheap rent and tremendous views. In 1977, while still a graduate student, I moved to the area and built a loft inside a massive warehouse located two blocks from the bay. My windows overlooked Third Street, Bethlehem Shipyards and Mission Rock Resort.  

For four years, on weekends and early mornings when the streets were mostly deserted, I went out with my camera, documenting the cottages, lunch counters, warehouses and railroad yards. Many of the buildings and businesses I captured on film 35 years ago are now gone or changed beyond recognition. They remain only as a photographic memory.

                                                                                   Jo Babcock, 2018

Related Program 6/2/18: Gallery Talk: Potrero Hill & Mission Bay, 1980 / Photographer Jo Babcock

Related Program 6/30/18: Irish Hill: The San Francisco Neighborhood That Disappeared.

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