Testimonials from our members and volunteers.

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.


“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.


“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.

Member & Volunteer

“The reason why I signed up to volunteer at HMPC was its 75-year long history together with their excellent reputation in the photo community. After I joined, I found so much more! From the largest community darkroom on the West coast  by friendly patrons through extremely knowledgeable and helpful staff to wonderful exhibitions and so-much-needed classes for public. Whether you go there to volunteer, study, or develop your own films, you will not want to leave that place!”

Lenka S.


“I really appreciate the welcoming vibe at Harvey Milk Photo Center. I’ve grown up taking pictures in San Francisco; dipping in an out of the practice over the years. It’s great to be able to depend on this community resource – brushing up on my skill set with workshops, or taking advantage of their equipment for an upcoming exhibition – the Photo Center has always shown support. In addition, their gallery continues to host the most inspiring work! I’m a better photographer thanks to Harvey Milk!”

Melissa G.


I recently took Advanced Darkroom Printing Techniques with Jason Andrescavage. I was thoroughly impressed and I learned far more than expected. James is a great instructor and very knowledgeable in his field. He is patient and thorough. I felt comfortable asking questions and not a single one went unanswered. I took home a wealth of information, including various different and useful techniques and applications. I thank Harvey Milk Photo Center for offering a wide variety of photography classes taught by knowledgeable staff passionate about their work. I live in Santa Cruz and it was worth the drive. See you for the next class!”

Maria I.


“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.

Member & Volunteer

“The Harvey Milk Photo Center has completely revitalized my photography. I’ve always enjoyed shooting film, but learning to make prints in the darkroom has been like discovering the missing piece of the puzzle. The staff, volunteers, and other members are an invaluable resource – always happy to provide advice and guidance from many years of experience. To me, this place is San Francisco’s best kept secret – a little haven where film photography continues to thrive.”

Nishad J.


“The learning community here is unparalleled. When I tried to develop my first roll of film in nearly 10 years, members and staff didn’t hesitate to help. I’ve forged many friendships here at HMPC, and volunteering is an engaging way for me to keep the community going.”

Shannon A.

Member and Volunteer

“The Harvey Milk Photo Center is a great place to see world- class exhibits featuring work by well- known photographers as well as emerging local talent.  The staff and volunteers at the Photo Center are friendly, knowledgeable, and offer a wide variety of classes and programs to fit any skill level.”

Skot J.


“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.

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 30 minutes before close


Gallery Hours:

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