Harvey Milk Photo Center

Creating Community For Over 75 Years

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No Obligation Necessary

Membership not required. Come in for a day and find out what makes the Harvey Milk Photo Center so great.

Extensive Darkroom Space

Use the largest Darkroom in the West.

We go beyond only film

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


Registration Begins December 17 and continues throughout Winter Session View Our Winter 2017 Classes

Photo Lecture Series

Guest Speakers:

  • Jason Andrescavage
  • L. Herrada Rios
  • Sean Vranizan

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 @ 6PM

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Upcoming Exhibit

Nocturnes and Noir: Night Photography Exhibit

February 11, 2017 – April 2, 2017

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McLaren Lodge Exhibit

The Mothers Building – January 27, 2017

The Mothers Building was built in 1925 by architect George Kelham for philanthropists Herbert and Mortimer Fleishacker. Inside the building there are four murals depicting the story of Noah and the Ark. They were painted on the walls by WPA artists Helen Forbes and Dorothy W. Pucinelli.

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Womens March 2017

Bay Area Women’s March Photos – January 21, 2017

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James Watkins

James Watkins

Photographer, Podcaster

Featured Photographer

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

Our monthly series of interviews and online galleries, showcasing photographers local and abroad.

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What our members are saying…

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“I am a new film lover. I love being in the darkroom and watching images floating out of paper. I am volunteering here because I think Harvey Milk Photo Center provides a perfect community for all photographers to come together being creative and share and talk and doing what we always love.”

Qi Z.

Volunteer & Member

“I moved to the Bay Area from Chicago in late 2012 and quickly became involved in the photography community. One of the first pieces of advice I received was to go check out the Harvey Milk Photo Center, and I’m very glad I followed that advice. I’ve enjoyed the classes, the lecture series, the ongoing exhibits and the knowledgeable staff. And the darkroom is a photographer’s dream! I had to join.”

Jim W.


“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

Creating Community for Over 75 Years!

50 Scott Street, San Francisco 

(Map It)

Operation Hours:


Monday: Closed
Tue-Thur: 1pm-9pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

*Lab operations end 30 minutes before close




Gallery Hours:


Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1pm-8:30pm
Wednesday: 1pm-3pm / 5pm-8:30pm
Thursday: 1pm-8:30pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am-5:30pm
Sunday: 11am-5:30pm