Creating Community

In association with the San Francisco Rec & Park, the historic Harvey Milk Photo Center has proudly served the community for over 75 years.


Help us shine a light on the Harvey Milk Photo Center

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.

Current Exhibit at McLaren Lodge

The Natural World of San Francisco

June 13 – Aug 10 // The McLaren Lodge (501 Stanyan, SF)

Current Exhibit at HMPC

Event Photos

2018 Art+Pride Exhibit Event

Opening Reception & Performance

2018 Summer Classes

Registrations Open May 19th!


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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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