Queer Black LA Photography Center Fund

The LA Black Photographer’s Union is an open membership group of Black photographers. We are seeking to open a photography center/ community space to provide free and low cost photography services to the Leimert park area.

Leimert Park is a historically Black neighborhood that is currently being gentrified, as a result, we are seeking to buy back (or at least rent out depending on the amount of funding we are able to obtain) our block. The CIM group, backed by Donald Trump is currently looking to buy the Crenshaw Baldwin mall and turn it into offices. The loss of such an important community structure would devastate the economic flow of the area, so we are trying to do our part to increase/support the flow of black people able to learn, create art, and use it as a viable source of expression and income, if they choose.

We want to build out a multi use space: that will serve as a photography studio, community center, and exhibition space. We are planning to set up at least 5 spaces to edit, develop, print. We also hope to provide cameras for 1-3 day check out so artists can create work outside of the space. We would like to emphasize the use of this space as a queer safe space and plan to set up guidelines for everyone’s personal comfort once formed. The space will offer workshops, crits, classes, and community building time. We are hoping to extend free resources like printing, paper, film, etc for lower income people. We are also hoping to rally black LA camera-based  professionals to be able to host free discussions, workshops, art exhibitions, and cookouts. 


Leimert area building rental : approx.                            $50-70,000

Editing room: 5 editing stations

2 Imacon Flextight Scanners:                                              $10,000 x 2

Epson V850 Pro:                                                                          $1200 x 3

Epson Surecolor P9570 44’ Large format printer    $5495

Epson Surecolor P800 22’ Inkjet printer                       $1195 x 4

Imac 27’ inch editing computers                                        $1999 x 5
Digital Printing paper                                                               $2000

Darkroom: 5 developing/ 5 printing stations

Build out/ Conversion        approx.                                    $10,000

Developing/Printing Chemicals                                        $2,000

Beseler Cadet II Enlargers                                                   $400 x 5

Trays, prongs, misc                                                                   $1500

Developing sets                                                                         $40 x 10

Analog printing paper                                                            $2000

Photo studio:

Backdrop stands                                                                     $229 x 3

Backdrops set of 7 (Paper)                                                $200 x 5

Godox photography lighting kit                                     $1,099

Flashpoint R2 Studio Series 3-Monolight Pro       $799

Canon 5D Mark III                                                                 $1150 x 2

Canon 80D                                                                                 $800 x 2

Canon Rebel                                                                              $200 

Canon Ae-1                                                                                $200 x 3

Mamiya Rb67                                                                           $800

Mamiya Rz 67                                                                          $500 x 2

Community room:

Couch                                                                                          $300

Microwave                                                                                $40

Projector / Screen                                                                $400

Gallery light install                                                              $500


Insurance for equipment                                                 $20,000

Insurance for space/people                                            $30,000

Film                                                                                               $2,000


Thank you for your support. If you are an investor or would like to donate via a different avenue, please email [email redacted]


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