Photo by Dave Christensen
Established in the early 1940’s, The Harvey Milk Photo Center is celebrating 75 years in 2015! It is the oldest and largest public darkroom in the United States, which is under the leadership of Dave Christensen, Director. The Harvey Milk Photo Center, named in honor of Harvey Milk, has been a cornerstone and jewel of the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, and is located at 50 Scott Street in San Francisco, in Duboce Park.
Our members enjoy full use of the large darkroom and film processing areas, at extremely nominal rates. Offering a wide variety of weekly classes and Saturday workshops in both film and digital photography, and is open to anyone interested in photography regardless of experience.
The HMPC is continuing to improve and expand its’ facilities, and the scope of its unique program offerings. We produce extensive exhibits year round, which showcase the wide creative talents and unique viewpoints of our members, as well as well noted museum and gallery collected artists & photographers. We also have a Photo Lecture Series program each month, which brings the photographers and public together in a wonderful presentation, with an engaging show and tell, which has been most successful.
All of these artistic, and educational programs are offered to the public. HMPC classes and workshops are taught by working professionals within the industry, in both fine arts and commercial photography. We also have a scholarship program in place for anyone interested in our classes. HMPC is a non-profit agency.
We offer a wide variety of weekly classes, Saturday workshops, and orientations in both film and digital photography for beginners and professionals. We also offer six-month and annual memberships for full access to our large darkroom, film processing areas, studio rentals, and state-of-the-art digital lab. Members also have the opportunity to take part in four photography exhibits per year in our large studio space. Read more about us.