Lucia Rollow

Founder, Executive Director

In 2009 Lucia graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in photography. Afterwards she found herself without access to a darkroom for the first time in many years. She opened the Bushwick Community Darkroom because she had met other people in a similar situation. Now almost 10 years later, the journey that started in her basement has given film photography a life and home in Brooklyn.

Favorite photographer: Diane Arbus


Natalia Gubinski

Managing Director

Natalia started shooting black and white film in high school and instantly fell in love with all aspects of analog photography. After graduating with a BFA in photography from the University of Connecticut she fulfilled her lifelong dream of moving to New York City. She's volunteered at the Bushwick Community Darkroom since 2015 and served as a Volunteer Coordinator before joining full time as the Managing Director in 2017.

Favorite Photographer: Francesca Woodman


Juliet Grodzins

Volunteer Coordinator, Teacher

Richard Steinbach

Website, Operations

Caleb Savage


Eric Thornton

Large Format Studio Director

Keith Marlowe

Design, Classes, Equipment

Harriet Roberts



Our History

With just a handful of equipment, very little money and a dream, founder Lucia Rollow opened the Bushwick Community Darkroom in 2011. Her goal: to provide artists and residents with a vibrant, affordable space to practice, promote and preserve the art of film photography.

Six years later, that dream has developed into a thriving 3,000-square-foot warehouse in the heart of Brooklyn with more than 25 members. BCD offers 24/7 access to darkrooms, as well as color and black-and-white film processing, low-cost workshops and photography shows.


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