Harvey Milk Photo Center

Harvey Milk Photo Center

The oldest and largest community Wet Darkroom in the United States

Photo by Jim Watkins

Harvey Milk Photo Center

Nomadic Lives

Artist talk: Sat, Nov 19, 2022, 1-2pm
Opening Reception: Sat, Nov 19, 2022, 2-5pm

Summer 2022 Classes
Winter 2023 Classes

Virtual & In-person - Classes will be posed on line Nov 21st

HOliday Closures

Your generous donations will be instrumental to help serve our community again.

Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight: Harvey Milk Photo Center

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Harvey Milk Photo Center Hours:
Holiday Closures 2022
 November 24 – 26 & December 23 – January 2

Please call ahead for any class related closures to the exhibit space, film processing room and/or the digital lab.

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 3pm – 8:30 pm

Wednesday: 3pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday: 3pm – 8:30 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: 11am – 4:30 pm

Sunday: Closed

Digital Lab Hours

Tuesday – 3 pm – 6 pm

Wednesday – 3 pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday – 3 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday 11 am – 4:30 pm

Effective immediately: We are no longer requiring the public to show proof of vaccination to enter our buildings or participate in our programs. Mask wearing is no longer a requirement for staff and patrons, but is strongly recommended.

Winter 2023 In-Person & Virtual Classes

Registration for Winter 2023 Starts Saturday, Dec 17 at 10am!

*Priority registration for active scholarship recipients starts Dec 14 at 10am

Nomadic Lives

Jamie Johnson & Norma I. Quintana

Artist talk: Sat, Nov 19, 2022, 1-2pm
Opening Reception: Sat, Nov 19, 2022, 2-5pm

Nov 19, 2022 – Jan 14, 2023


Bryan Locke

Artist Talk: Thursday, October 13, 6:30-7:30pm

Exhibit: August 27 – November 5 (Extended)

The Harvey Milk Photo Center proudly presents the 2022

Member, Staff & Volunteer Show

Opening Reception: July 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Exhibit: July 23 – August 20, 2022


A celebration of generations of art and deeply personal LGBTQIA+ stories

Opening Reception June 18, 2022 6-9 pm
Exhibit June 18 – July 14, 2022

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Caren Alpert

Artist Talk Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm

Exhibit May 7 – July 2, 2022

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.