Facility Information

See below for contact information and operation hours

Harvey Milk Photo Center

Celebrating 75 years, the Harvey Milk Photo Center is the oldest and largest community darkroom west of the Mississippi, and is part of the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department. Harvey Milk Photo Center is located at 50 Scott Street, in Duboce Park, in the lower level of the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts building. We also offer a Digital Lab at our facility to our members. We have been in our current location since 1954. All exhibits, lectures, special events, memberships, are offered 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.  And we offer scholarship programs for anyone interested in taking classes and workshops. – Dave Christensen, Director

San Francisco’s Premier Darkroom Space

PHONE
415-554-9522
LOCATION
50 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
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SF Rec and Park Department’s Historian-in-Residence, Christopher Pollock, San Francisco’s first camera room facility was located at Hayes Valley Recreation Center and was created by Clifford Nelson who managed the Department’s Visual Recreation division.  And the popularity grew with many local amateur shutterbugs that finally, in 1949, the Department partnered with the Northern California Council of Camera Club to hold a Photography Day on October 2, and by 1950, the event drew an attendance of 6000.

Throughout the years, the Photo Center moved to various locations, but in 1954, the City dedicated the three-story building located at 50 Scott Street to be the Recreation Arts Center that included the separate photo center of 7,800 square-feet with a huge public darkroom, the largest in the West Coast.

Then in December, 1978, SF Rec and Park Commission approved to rename the Recreation Arts Center after Supervisor Harvey Milk who was slain on November 27th and in honor the Supervisor who also owned and operated the Castro Camera Shop between 1972 until his death in 1978.

HOLIDAY CLOSURE NOTICE

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.

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Operational Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 3pm-10pm
Wednesday: 3pm-10pm
Thursday: 3pm-10pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

Lab operations end 1 hour before close

Gallery Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 3pm-9:30pm
Wednesday: 3pm-9:30pm
Thursday: 3pm-9:30pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am-5:30pm
Sunday: 11am-5:30pm

Transit Info The nearest Muni lines include the N-Judah (closest stop is at Noe Street/Sunset Tunnel East Portal), 24-Divisadero, and 22-Fillmore, along with the 6 and 71 lines, the F-Market, and all of the Muni Metro lines via Church Street Station. Parking Street parking in the area is limited. There is a pay lot nearby at the CMPC Davies Campus—the entrance is located at 45 Castro Street. Exhibit Hours Since the Photo Center is a multi-use space with limited staffing, please call ahead at (415) 554-9522 to see if the exhibit space is open for viewing. Studio Rentals Members can rent studio space please call (415) 554-9522 for more information.

Office

50 Scott Street, San Francisco

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Operation Hours:

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

*Lab operations end 1hr before close

415.554.9522

Gallery Hours:

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