Each photo on this page is a link to the holdings of the Media Archive.


The drop down menu bar above contains the same links in more detail with individual posts on films and photo image galleries available in that subject area.  Just hover your mouse on the menu or photo above and the subjects will appear. Then click on the subject to go there. The Harvey Richards Media Archive offers unique film and still photo images of the 1960’s on the west coast, images of progressive social movements for change, peace, social justice and a healthy planet.

Film and Photo Images of the 1960’s

Harvey Richards (1912 –2001) video and photo images of the 1960s are available in twenty-two documentary films and still photo image galleries that were shot during the years from 1958 to 1982. Harvey Richards chose sides. He was a movement photographer who used photo images to help the civil rights, peace, ecology and the labor movement causes he believed in. He worked on his own, independently, to advance these causes at the front lines of social conflict when the mainstream mass media was absent and hostile, which happened frequently especially in the early years of the 1960’s.

His films became self-portraits of the movements he photographed. His civil rights films made in Mississippi in 1963 and 1964 offered share croppers unscripted opportunities to tell the world what their struggle for voting rights meant to them. His films on California farm workers contain farm worker voices.  His mining film made in Butte, Montana, in 1960 contains the miner’s voices. During the 1960’s, movement organizations that used his documentaries as fundraisers, organizing films and outreach vehicles included the United Farm Workers,The United Packinghouse Workers Union, the Sierra Club, Women for Peace, and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. All his films are available on DVD. Over 1000 of his photo images are available for viewing in galleries on this web site. All films and photos are available for purchase and licensing. And the web site continues to add content with more galleries scheduled for publication in the coming months.

Since the 1960’s, Richards’ films and photo images have been licensed for use in many books, films, and television productions and have been acquired by many libraries. The internet today brings this historic photography collection to a wider audience than ever before, for all those interested in knowing about our history and advancing the causes of peace, social justice and a healthy planet.