Moshe Quinn

At the city scale, a high concentration of slots can be found in the central part of San Francisco, an area defined by eleven distinct neighborhoods. At the neighborhood scale, slots can be isolated, yet seen in relation to the context in which they reside, by sifting the urban fabric with the aid of figure-ground studies. At the scale of the block, one sees a pattern of street, slot and rear-yard, where the slot works as an important link between the space of the street and the interior of the residential block. Slots interrupt the continuous street wall, creating a porous, visual link into the block. Even though the slot belongs to the private space of the residential property, its location in relation to the street lends it an ambiguity by way of which it can be construed as being part of the street and an expanded public realm.

Moshe Quinn’s black and white photographs upend our gaze to reveal the elegant profile of slots against the sky bracketing urban absence.