Rayko Photo Center and Galleries

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Since 1991, RayKo Photo Center has provided traditional darkroom rentals and educational resources for photographers. In 2002, construction began in an industrial building at 428 Third Street, and the third incarnation of RayKo was opened in the fall of 2004. Housed in a spacious 12,000 square foot building, RayKo is the largest public photographic community center west of the Mississippi.

Our commitment to traditional photographic arts remains intact with B&W and color darkrooms available for rent. The facility also houses a rental studio, state-of-the-art digital lab, and gallery that features work by emerging and established photographers. Our expansive resources include affordable high-end digital services, Wet Plate Collodion photography, and a darkroom trailer for portable photographic experiences. The diverse educational programs include year-round workshops in historic and contemporary processes, on and off-site tutoring, and a youth education program for schools, libraries, and summer camp. Because of our dedication to traditional and digital processes, RayKo provides an invaluable educational resource for numerous regional and national non-profit groups and schools.


RayKo’s goal is to provide a brick and mortar space where photographers have affordable access to a pro lab environment, and to foster artistic and professional development. We serve the full spectrum of photographers, whether it’s a beginner just discovering the magic inherent in photography, to the seasoned pro seeking to produce work or expand their knowledge of this ever-changing field. Our commitment to the photographic community is to celebrate a broad range of photographic techniques and make them accessible to everyone through rentals, services, and workshops. [1]


600 Divisadero St.

Contact Information

(415) 863-3969 press@raredevice.net


Rena Tom and Lisa Congdon

Dates of Operation


Type of Space


Community Served

local bay area artists

Additional Information and Resources

new owner is Giselle Gyalzen http://raredevice.net/pages/about-us

About this Article

This article was originally created as part of SOMArts Cultural Center's Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces. To learn how to add or edit content please visit the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism's online History Collection Lab.


  1. http://raykophotocenter.com/about6-29-2015