The City College of San Francisco Photography Department's facilities are the core of our diverse program serving career seekers, working photography professionals, fine artists, photography enthusiasts and students studying in the Interdisciplinary Design Collaborative.
We maintain darkroom, computer, gallery and photographic studio facilities structured to encourage education, creativity, exploration and community. We supply a majority of the equipment needed to succeed in a dynamic program ranging from traditional black & white to digital photography; available light to multi-source studio lighting; pinhole to portraiture.
Our darkrooms, studios and digital labs are staffed by certificated instructors whenever the facilities are open. Students always have trained assistance available when working during or outside of class times.
Macintosh Open Lab:
City College of San Francisco offers access to both Macintosh and PC computer labs six days a week. The Photography Department computer lab in Visual Arts V165 and V145 features Macintosh workstations, media card readers, printers, film and flat bed scanners.
Our darkrooms are equipped with 4x5 condenser and cold light enlargers, some with the enhanced capacity to mural print. In addition, there is one film loading room and Seven film processing rooms.
Film and print processing equipment including film forced-air dryers, archival screens, dry mount presses and print mounting accessories are available for student use.
Four spacious shooting bays are equipped to handle projects ranging from tabletop to portraiture. Each bay is equipped with a movable camera stand, light boom, and dedicated lighting equipment and accessories. Additionally, electronic studio flash units, medium and large format cameras, light meters, and related studio accessories are available for check-out from the department's Issue Room.
Gallery Obscura is an exhibition space committed to showcasing outstanding student artwork. Situated in the heart of the photography facility, it is intended to directly connect the presentation of finished art with a production environment. Exhibitions rotate throughout the semester, and the gallery frequently features work by the recipients of the various awards and scholarships that are available to CCSF photography students.