Harvey Milk Photo Center

Harvey Milk Rec Center

Established in the early 1940’s, The San Francisco Photography Center is the oldest public darkroom in the United States. Moved to the Harvey Milk Recreation Center in 1957. The Photo Center has been a cornerstone of arts programming almost since the building’s inception.

Our members enjoy full use of the very large darkroom and film processing areas, at extremely reasonable prices. Offering a wide variety of weekly classes and Saturday workshops and orientations in both film and digital photography, and open to anyone interested in photography regardless of experience.

The SF Photo Center is continuing to improve and expand its’ facilities, and the scope of its unique program offerings, gallery and ongoing exhibits which showcases the wide creative talents and unique viewpoints of our members.

All of these engaging, fun classes, and programs are offered to the public, and can be taken from teens to adults. Photo Center classes are taught by working professionals within the industry, in both fine arts and commercial photography.

What's New

National Night Out on August 1

Tuesday, August 1 is National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Rec centers and parks across the city will be participating in this event with a variety of live entertainment, arts and recreational … Continue reading

Celebrate Community – Gay Pride event at Harvey Milk

Celebrate Community is a LGBTQ Pride Photo Exhibit and event open to the public at Harvey Milk Center for the Arts. The event features a photo gallery opening followed by live entertainment provided by Peaches Christ Productions. The event is Free to the public. WHEN: Photo Opening and Pride Event is Saturday, … Continue reading

ShutterSpeed

ShutterSpeed is an international exhibition and event that invites you to open your mind and discover the intersection of photography, art, and the athleticism of skateboarding. Discover and observe the raw fusion where the artist meets the landscape, creating a culture of street skating within the beautiful, picturesque city of San Francisco. San Francisco boasts unparalleled geography, with its crooked streets and hills, creating a dream destination for skateboarders. Continue reading

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Events

Lawrence Halprin Exhibit at Palace of Fine Arts

Jul 22, 2017
Lawrence Halprin

In partnership with The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), SF Rec and Park and NonPlusUltra will host The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin at the Palace of Fine Arts. The exhibit is a … Continue reading

Labor Day

Sep 4, 2017
Worker holding an American flag

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the … Continue reading

Dark + Light – Rock & Roll Photography of Jay Blakesberg

Nov 9, 2017
Joni Mitchel photo by Jay Blakesberg

This exhibit presents many of his iconic photographs taken on and off stage over the last 40 years. The exhibit features photographs of The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, … Continue reading

Facility Schedule

Monday

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Tuesday

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Photo Darkroom for High School Students 4:00 pm 6:30 pm Harvey Milk Photo Center HARVEYPHOTO - Photo Dark Room Arts - Photography 27-Jun-17 25-Jul-17

This introductory class is designed for high school students, who wish to learn how to shoot, process and print film in our darkroom. It’s a fun class as we keep the classes small so you can really have time to learn and experiment within this class. Also

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Location Lighting Workshop 6:00 pm 9:00 pm Harvey Milk Photo Center HARVEYPHOTO - Portrait Studio Arts - Photography 25-Jul-17 25-Jul-17

This portrait driven workshop will teach the basics of flash photography and studio lighting in the field. Students will learn to balance natural and artificial light sources and other techniques used frequently by editorial and wedding photographers. In

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Wednesday

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Exploring Composition 6:30 pm 9:00 pm Harvey Milk Photo Center HARVEYPHOTO -PhotoExhibitRoomSmall(West) Arts - Photography 05-Jul-17 09-Aug-17

Exploring composition through still life, portrait and landscape. In this course we will explore the ingredients that make up great photographs through the topics of Still Life, Portrait and Landscape. We will look at and discuss the photographs of some o

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Night Photo-Light Painting 6:30 pm 9:30 pm Harvey Milk Photo Center HARVEYPHOTO - Portrait Studio Arts - Photography 12-Jul-17 26-Jul-17

Building upon groundwork covered in our Introduction to Night Photography course, here we focus on some of the more creative aspects of Night Photography – Light Painting, with flashlights, strobes, and other electroluminescent devices. In add

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Thursday

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Digital SLR Camera -Level 2 6:30 pm 9:00 pm Harvey Milk Photo Center HARVEYPHOTO -PhotoExhibitRoomLarge(East) Arts - Photography 27-Jul-17 17-Aug-17

This class is the extension of “Getting to Know Your Digital SLR- Level 1” and is generally geared towards students with a good understanding of camera controls and basic photographic techniques. It deals with the aesthetic aspects of photography such as

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Friday

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Saturday

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Advanced Darkroom Printing Techniques 11:00 am 4:00 pm Harvey Milk Photo Center HARVEYPHOTO -PhotoExhibitRoomLarge(East) Arts - Photography 08-Jul-17 29-Jul-17

Further Black & White Printing Techniques This course is for students who wish to continue refining their darkroom practice. In this workshop we will explore the techniques used to make rich prints with a full range of expressive B&W tones and the archiva

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Environmental Portraits 11:00 am 4:00 pm Harvey Milk Photo Center HARVEYPHOTO - Portrait Studio Arts - Photography 08-Jul-17 22-Jul-17

What makes a portrait compelling? Above all, it?s about developing your own unique way of seeing. This two-day on location (TBA) course will give you the opportunity of working in different surroundings and situations. Students will work with

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Developing Your Personal Vision 12:30 pm 3:00 pm Harvey Milk Photo Center HARVEYPHOTO -PhotoExhibitRoomSmall(West) Arts - Photography 08-Jul-17 12-Aug-17

This hands-on class is designed for the intermediate photographer who wants to take their technical proficiency to the next level exploring concept, subject matter and self-expression. Emphasis is placed on developing a personal vision and approach to pic

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Photography Center Orientation 1:00 pm 2:00 pm Harvey Milk Photo Center HARVEYPHOTO - Lobby Arts - Photography 29-Jul-17 29-Jul-17

This is a required course for all potential members of the Photography Center. This course will include a talk about the rules and regulations of the Photography Center, a complete tour of the facility including a tour of our forty enlarger darkroom with

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Basic Film Developing 2:00 pm 3:00 pm Harvey Milk Photo Center HARVEYPHOTO - Photo Processing Room Arts - Photography 29-Jul-17 29-Jul-17

Learn the basics of black & white film development. In this quick workshop students will be taught how to properly process their film. We will cover 35mm,, 120mm,and 4×5 sheet film development. There are no prerequisites and beginners are enco

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Sunday

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Create a Photostyle 1:00 pm 3:30 pm Harvey Milk Photo Center HARVEYPHOTO -PhotoExhibitRoomLarge(East) Arts - Photography 16-Jul-17 30-Jul-17

In this three-week course students will learn to enhance their personal photographic approach, vision, and style. The instructor will emphasize the importance of the frame and how to be selective when photographing. Students can shoot dig

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