Please know the Photo Center will be closed Dec 23-29, 31 and January 1st.
We will open on Dec 30 (10am-6pm) and again on January 2nd (3pm-10pm) to start the new year.

Welcome to the Harvey Milk Photo Center, San Francisco’s premier dark room and digital facility. As part of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, our wonderful facility is open to members and the community.


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.


Registrations begin December 16, 2017 View Our Winter 2017 Classes

Current Exhibit

Jay Blakesberg – Rock & Roll Photographer

Exhibit Run Dates Nov 9 – Jan 6

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Steven Bollman

Featured Photographer

By Dave Christensen, Director and Curator of the Harvey Milk Photo Center

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What our members are saying…

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Volunteering at Harvey milk Photo Center for me is about being part of a community brought together by a passion for photography. It is about stepping outside the boundaries of being an individual photographer and sharing with others what you know and providing support to them. In the process of doing so, I got to learn things I wouldn’t have otherwise – gallery exhibition installation, community darkroom support, interesting discussions on the medium of photography with other photographers, staff and members of the photo center, and so on.  

As a volunteer I get to use the facilities of the photo center, which is great. Helps me make incremental progress on my projects. The staff is very welcoming and supportive, which make this whole process of contributing to the photo community a fun and engaging experience. The opportunity to be part of a group exhibit and solo exhibit has been a rewarding experience for me here at the Harvey Milk Photo Center. 

The time I have spent here as a volunteer has helped me grow personally and professionally, and will no doubt be useful in the future.”

Anand J.

Member & Volunteer

“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 started taking classes and volunteering at the Harvey Milk Photo Center five years ago. I have always enjoyed photography and I had just purchased a new digital camera. I wanted to learn how to use it in order to get great shots. I took several classes such as Understanding Your SLR Camera, Lighting, Portraits, and Printing. When volunteering the staff at the Center are accessible and friendly and frequently help me with printing and working out editing problems. I enjoy being part of a community of photographers and participating in group shows.”

Gloria J.

Member & Volunteer

50 Scott Street, San Francisco

(Map It)

Operation Hours:

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

*Lab operations end 1hr before close


Gallery Hours:

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