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 30 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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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

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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


Our Core Team

Juliet Grodzins

Volunteer Coordinator, Teacher

Richard Steinbach

Website, Operations

Caleb Savage

Technology

Eric Thornton

Large Format Studio Director

Keith Marlowe

Design, Classes, Equipment

 
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Volunteer Coordinator

Harriet Roberts

Teacher


Our Facility

 Our front gallery space can be used as a studio, light rental available.

Our front gallery space can be used as a studio, light rental available.

 Our water is triple filtered and temperature controlled

Our water is triple filtered and temperature controlled

 Our gang B&W darkroom is laid out with a large sink in the middle to maximize accessibility.

Our gang B&W darkroom is laid out with a large sink in the middle to maximize accessibility.

 Our 8x10 Enlarger now has its own private darkroom. Book your time to mural print now!

Our 8x10 Enlarger now has its own private darkroom. Book your time to mural print now!

 35mm Omega & Beseler enlargers in gang B&W darkroom

35mm Omega & Beseler enlargers in gang B&W darkroom

 120 & 4x5 Omega & Beseler enlargers in gang B&W darkroom

120 & 4x5 Omega & Beseler enlargers in gang B&W darkroom

 Ilford enlarger in our Private Darkroom

Ilford enlarger in our Private Darkroom


Our People

 Volunteer Mike poses for a portrait

Volunteer Mike poses for a portrait

 Volunteer Jon inspects some film

Volunteer Jon inspects some film

 Founder Lucia tries her hand at retouching with 'fancy' new pens. Fails miserably. Destroys print.

Founder Lucia tries her hand at retouching with 'fancy' new pens. Fails miserably. Destroys print.

 High school intern Maya inspects a freshly made B&W print

High school intern Maya inspects a freshly made B&W print

 Lifetime member Taylor poses for a portait

Lifetime member Taylor poses for a portait

 Volunteer Abi takes notes

Volunteer Abi takes notes


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Exhibits & Members

Exchange Rates:

Bushwick Int'l Expo 2016

 
 
 

Sluice_ Biennial:

London 2017

Member & Volunteer Features

  Lifetime Member: Cooper Ray

Lifetime Member: Cooper Ray

 
  Annual Member: Chris Randall

Annual Member: Chris Randall

 
 
 

In the fall of 2017 BCD founder Lucia Rollow and BCD Designer/Teacher/Hero Keith Marlowe traveled to London, England. They brought over 100 prints from almost 30 different photographers with them and had an extremely succesful exhibition at Kreativ House as part of the Sluice_ Biennial 2017.

 
  Lifetime Member: Max Taylor

Lifetime Member: Max Taylor

  Saint: Caleb Savage

Saint: Caleb Savage

 

Our Partners

110TM

In the summer of 2017 our friends in the back of the warehouse we occupy constructed a 20'x30' skate-able cyclorama photo studio.

Book your photoshoot or event now by emailing 110tm.org@gmail.com

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Services & Membership

  • 30 day Membership, Annual Membership, Large Format Darkroom Membership
  • Hourly rental of: B&W and Color darkrooms, B&W film developing station, 35mm - 4"x5" scanning stations
  • Drop off & mail in film development & printing services
  • Classes, workshops, artist talks, exhibitions, movie nights & more

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