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

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.

Seven years later, 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 gallery shows.

Keith Marlowe

Design, Classes, Equipment

Juliet Grodzins

Volunteer Coordinator, Teacher

Harriet Roberts


Caleb Savage

Tech Director


Interested in Volunteering?

Our work exchange program allows volunteers to earn 1 lab hour for each hour they work. Volunteers undergo intensive training, and are entrusted with substantial responsibilities. Most volunteers work 3-6 hours per week.

Preference is given to applicants who live within walking distance of our Bushwick location, and who have substantial experience with analog photography, especially in a commercial lab environment. 

Please contact us if you would be interested in joining our team as an unpaid intern in exchange for school credit.

Please note that we do not have any openings for paid staff.


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