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.
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 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
Volunteer Coordinator, Teacher
Large Format Studio Director
Design, Classes, Equipment
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Exhibits & Members
Bushwick Int'l Expo 2016
Member & Volunteer Features
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.
In the summer of 2017 our friends in the back of the warehouse we occupy constructed a 20'x30' skate-able cyclorama photo studio.
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What We're Up To
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