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.

Now, that dream has developed into a thriving 3,000-square-foot warehouse in the heart of Brooklyn serving hundreds of customers each month.

BCD offers 24/7 access to darkrooms, as well as color and black-and-white film processing, education programs, and hopefully again one day, gallery shows.



It’s important to us that our members, customers, staff, and guests in our space feel welcomed and safe.

We are proud to continue supporting artists of all backgrounds from New York and worldwide.

Promoting diversity has always been an important part of our strategic planning and decision-making, and we have invested in diversity and inclusion training for our leadership team.

It is the policy of BCD to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. This policy relates to all phases of employment, including, but not limited to, recruiting, employment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, reduction of workforce and termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, selection for training, the use of all facilities, and participation in all company-sponsored employee activities. Provisions in applicable laws providing for bona fide occupational qualifications, business necessity or age limitations will be adhered to by the company where appropriate. 

As part of the company's equal employment opportunity policy, BCD will also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority and historically marginalized group individuals are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

Employees and applicants shall not be subjected to harassment, intimidation or any type of retaliation because they have (1) filed a complaint; (2) assisted or participated in an investigation, compliance review, hearing or any other activity related to the administration of any federal, state or local law requiring equal employment opportunity; (3) opposed any act or practice made unlawful by any federal, state or local law requiring equal opportunity; or (4) exercised any other legal right protected by federal, state or local law requiring equal opportunity.

The above-mentioned policies shall be periodically brought to the attention of senior staff and shall be appropriately administered. It is the responsibility of each supervisor of the company to ensure affirmative implementation of these policies to avoid any discrimination in employment. All employees are expected to recognize these policies and cooperate with their implementation. Violation of these policies is a disciplinary offense.

Additional hiring policies:

  • Selection of candidates for employee or volunteer positions is based on skills, experience, and ensuring a good fit for the community.

  • There are no educational requirements for applicants, however strong technical and communication skills are an important qualification.

  • We do not inquire about legal history during the application process

Bushwick Community Darkroom, 110 Troutman Street, Bushwick, NY, 11206, USA 718-218-4023 bushwickcommunitydarkroom@gmail.com