Harvey Milk Photo Center

Harvey Milk Photo Center

The oldest and largest community Wet Darkroom in the United States

Photo by Jim Watkins

Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight: Harvey Milk Photo Center

Art + Pride 2021
Art + Pride 2021

July 6 - August 6, 2021

David Johnson
David Johnson

David Johnson
June 26, 2021 / 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Winter 2022 Online Classes

Registration starts Saturday, December 18 at 10:00am

HMPC Highlights

Highlights of 2010-2021


Your generous donations will be instrumental in reopening our doors in order to serve our community again.

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New Classes Added

Photo Center Orientation Saturday, December 4 & 18, 11am-12pm

Harvey Milk Photo Center Hours of Operation:

HMPC is open with limited film and darkroom processing.
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 3pm-8pm
Thursday: 3pm-8pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 11am-4pm
Sunday: Closed

Holiday Closure Days: Nov 11, Veteran’s Day, Nov 24, 25, Thanksgiving, Dec 22, 23, 25, Christmas, Dec 29, 30, Jan 1, New Year’s

Anyone 12+ entering the photo center will need to provide proof of vaccination, ID and mask.  Wristband will be given to wear in the building at all times.  The number of people in the darkroom will be limited to 20 max and in the film processing room to 3 max for social distancing. The digital lab and digital printing are closed for now.

Service Updates & Notices

Membership Freeze

Locker Pickup

Scholarships Update


Registration for Fall 2021 Open Now!

Fall 2021 In-Person & Virtual Classes

Registration for Winter 2022 Starts Saturday, December 18 at 10:00am!


Art + Pride 2021

Virtual Exhibit & Gallery Visit: July 6 – August 6, 2021


Birgit Maddox

Virtual Exhibit & Webinar – May 1, 2021 / 1PM – 2PM PST

HMPC Photo Library Dedication

David Johnson

Virtual Exhibit & Webinar: June 26, 2021 / 1:00PM – 2:00PM PST

Virtual Gallery and Webinar Event
Featuring Works from

Vivian Maier
Fred Lyon

Serving the San Francisco community since 1940, the Harvey Milk Photo Center operates the oldest and largest community wet darkroom in the United States. Members also have access to large format printers, film scanning equipment and a full feature digital lab with Adobe software. The Center’s educational program now exceeds 200 classes, workshops, and lectures annually, conducted by working professionals in both fine arts and commercial photography. Scholarships are available for anyone living in San Francisco wishing to take our classes. All exhibitions, lectures, special events and memberships are available to the general public.

The Harvey Milk Photo Center is a part of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. Since 1954, the Center has resided at 50 Scott Street, in the lower level of the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts building at Duboce Park.