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

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Opening Reception: Saturday, August 27, 2-5 p.m.
August 27 - October 15, 2022

Summer 2022 Classes
Fall 2022 Classes

Virtual & In-person

Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight: Harvey Milk Photo Center


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

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Harvey Milk Photo Center Hours:

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.

Registration for Fall 2022 opens soon!

Fall 2022 In-Person & Virtual Classes

Registration for Fall 2022 Starts Saturday, Aug 20 at 10am!

*Priority registration for active scholarship recipients starts Aug 17 at 10am


Bryan Locke

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 27 2022, 2-5pm

Exhibit: August 27 – October 15

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.