New Membership Orientation 

Welcome prospective Harvey Milk Photo Center Members. We are looking forward to seeing you join our family by becoming a member and enjoy the oldest and largest darkroom in the US. Since Harvey Milk Photo Center is a community shared photo lab, orientation is a requirement to all new memberships. It is important for every member to follow the rules and respect each other, so that everyone can have a great time here.

Due to limited staffing, we unfortunately are not able to accommodate “walk-in orientations”. We have scheduled numerous free orientations each semester. Please see dates and times below for the current upcoming new member orientations. Please sign up and come in a few minutes before 1pm, as the Orientation starts promptly at 1pm.

Further questions call our main desk: 415-554-9522

Jan 18th- 1pm-2pm
Feb 8th, 1pm-2pm
Feb 22nd, 1pm-2pm
March 7th, 1pm-2pm
March 14th, 1pm-2pm

Celebrating over 75 years, the Harvey Milk Photo Center is the oldest and largest community wet Darkroom in the United States and is associated with the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department. Harvey Milk Photo Center is located at 50 Scott Street, within Duboce Park, in the lower level of the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts building. We also offer a full Digital Lab at our facility to our members. We have been in our current location since 1954. Our program annually now exceeds over 300 classes, workshops and lectures. All exhibits, lectures, special events, memberships, are available to the public. Our wide selection of classes and workshops are taught by working professionals within the industry, in both fine arts and commercial photography. We also offer numerous scholarships for anyone living in San Francisco wishing to take our classes.


Use the largest Darkroom in the West.


Full feature digital lab with Adobe software, large format printers and film scanning equipment.

*Completion of “Photo Center Orientation” required. Prior darkroom experience required. If no experience, completion of “Intro to Darkroom” course is required. Schedules available from Classes link above.

Through the Magic Window: Stereo Photos by Alan Kikuchi
1/18 – 2/28, 2020 at McLaren Lodge

2020 Winter Classes

Registrations Open December 14th, 2019


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What our members are saying…

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The Harvey Milk Photo Center is a truly unique place — the resources you will find here are amazing. If you would like to learn BW printing there is no better place to acquire the skills to get you started or further your education with one of the advanced classes. It is way more than a dark room facility; it is a community of people who deeply care about the art of photography and are happy to share their knowledge. Martin M.


“I have used HMPC facility more than 10 years. They have enlargers from 35mm to 5×7, and they plenty of neg carriers, easels, lens, and filters. They make chemicals for films and prints. I can visit there and whatever I want to do without any waiting. HMPC staff will wash and dry your print for you,  Also I can scan film at digital darkroom using Epson 10000EX or Epson 850 scanner.”

Mitsu Y.


I have always enjoyed photography and was looking for a volunteer opportunity where I would be able to learn more about it. The Harvey Milk Photo Center made this possible for me. I really enjoy being part of their community, it’s a nice place to hang around, help out, talk to other photographers and see their work. Also the different gallery exhibitions are really inspiring. I started taking photographs myself again, learned how to develop my films and get to experience the excitement when seeing the results. The staff and all the members are super friendly and I learn something new and interesting every time. Ruth C.


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Operation Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tue-Thur: 3pm-10pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

50 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA

Gallery Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tue-Thur: 3pm-9:30pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am-5:30pm
Sunday: 11am-5:30pm


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