BCD + 110 Studios Growth Fund
Who We Are
BUSHWICK COMMUNITY DARKROOM
With just a handful of equipment, very little money and a dream, Lucia Rollow opened the BCD in a closet in her basement in 2011. Almost a decade later, BCD now boasts more than 30 members, 24/7 access to darkrooms, color and black-and-white film processing, low-cost workshops and curated photography exhibitions. Members, volunteers, and students work together to create a vibrant, affordable art space. BCD continues to promote and preserve the art of film photography, directing resources to high school programs and open call opportunities for local artists.
Over the past 5 years, 110 Studios has evolved from a DIY artist collective located at 110 Troutman Street into a synergistic creative production center for the arts. Whether it be a skateboarding music video, a pop-up workshop, or an intimate listening party, this community space hosts a fierce gathering of the senses.
What are we doing?
Portraiture. Documentary. The human touch. In an era where the image reigns supreme, the unexpected resurgence of film photography has charted space for artists and innovators to fuse film with new technologies. Bushwick Community Darkroom is one of the oldest and largest darkrooms in the country, having grown from a closet in a Bushwick loft to a 3,000 square foot interdisciplinary arts warehouse in less than a decade. Now, the creative team behind the Darkroom have gained the backing to build out a 10,000 square foot warehouse in East Williamsburg, and are seeking the community's support to take the space to the next level.
With your help, Bushwick Community Darkroom can grow into an educational center which will provide after school programs to local middle and high school students. New computer labs, multiple photo studios, and a white box gallery space will allow us to provide the services our artists and members need affordable access to. We intend to fully implement our innovative computer technologies and machines for fast and high-end film development and printing, building out the space with the security of a 25 year lease. We are launching a campaign to cover the down payment and first year of expenses at the new space, and are providing a diverse range of workshop packages and merch to our supporters.
We are building on our synergistic model at our current location in Bushwick, where widely reviewed gallery exhibitions, music performances, skateboarding events and workshops comprise a rich public-facing program. Our steady growth and success has served as a testament to the Darkroom's potential for engaging artists and people of all backgrounds.
We need your support to build the infrastructure that is crucial to developing the space into a state-of-the-art community center, and our members will be at the center of this transformation. The industry is booming, with films sales increasing a steady 5% per year, and darkrooms springing up all around the country. Bushwick Community Darkroom is uniquely positioned as an established New York City arts space. With a strong leadership team comprised of arts administration professionals, artists and technologists, the Darkroom is dedicated to providing affordable space and services to New York's creative community. We invite you to continue reading to learn more about our team and how you can get involved, or simply click below to make a tax deductible donation.
Founder, Executive Director
Lucia Rollow moved to New York City in 2005 to pursue her BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts. Finding herself without access to a darkroom after graduating, Rollow worked to create a community space run by artists and volunteers, a project which today occupies a 4,000+ square foot warehouse. Passionate about taking the BCD to the next level as a professional arts space, Rollow completed her Masters in Arts and Cultural Management at Pratt in 2015.
How You Can Get Involved
Come to an Event!
From multimedia exhibitions featuring performances and visual art, to live music shows, screenings, and music video shoots – you never know what could be going down at the Darkroom. Here's a selection of our upcoming events and workshops, with opportunities to get hands-on or just come hang out in our multi-disciplinary space.
Buy Our Merch!
Every dollar counts for our campaign to expand the Darkroom to a state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot space. Our merch offerings below are designed and handcrafted by our member artists, giving you a way to support our growth with what you spent on your last oat milk latte.
Film Developing and Scanning
Already shooting? Got rolls to develop? The Bushwick Community Darkroom uses advanced machine technology and a digital cataloging system to get your film processed quickly and professionally. Our one-year film processing package gives you the flexibility to drop off as many rolls as you need throughout the year, perfect for artists working with analog photography.
As Brooklyn's preeminent center for film photography, we are known for our workshops, taught by a diverse and experienced group of artists. Our Big Class Bundle is perfect for beginners dipping their feet into the process, ranging from Intro to Camera, Intro to Developing, and Intermediate Printing. You will also have the option of one Alternative Processes class, as well as 30 hours of access to the shared darkroom space.
Access the Darkroom & Studio
Ready to get hands-on with film development? We offer color or black and white darkroom access and computer lab access, with additional options to rent our studio and cyclorama stage room. Private darkroom access with an enlarger, stainless steel sink, and all black and white chemicals is also available.
Memberships & Other Services
BECOME A MEMBER
As an artist-run facility and proud DIY space, our members are our backbone. For those ready to become a part of a strong community of creators at our space, we offer six tiers of memberships ranging from six months to Lifetime (we’ll be releasing them all by the end of the summer). The 1-year Pro Membership is one of our most popular, providing the extra perks of inclusion in Bushwick Community Darkroom exhibitions (with solo show opportunities), as well as access to discounts on photo studio & equipment rentals.
Will you go the distance with us? For those backers looking to make a huge impact on our campaign to move to our new space, you will be guaranteed a 25 year membership to go with our 25 year lease. Our lifetime members enjoy 24/7 access to our facilities as well as film development credits and monthly access to our private darkrooms.
Looking to style your movie set as a darkroom, or shoot at the Bushwick Community Darkroom itself? Our facilities make a great backdrop for a scene, ranging from the large darkroom to our gallery space.
PARTY AT THE DARKROOM
Whether it's a multimedia art event or a child's birthday party, the Bushwick Community Darkroom's gallery and cyclorama stage spaces make a great setting for an intimate event. For our fundraising campaign we are offering special rates on event rentals.
PORTRAIT SESSION WITH AN ARTIST
Have you been putting off those new head shots for too long? Make this one special by scheduling a large format portrait session with one of our accomplished artist members. You will receive a print developed at the darkroom as well as digital scans of the 4 x 5 inch negative.