About Harvey Richards Media Archive

An Archive for Activists

Harvey Richards Images: Peace, Civil Rights, Farm Workers, the Environment

Harvey Richards Images: Peace, Civil Rights, Farm Workers, the Environment

The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation in western forests, among other subjects.  After my father handed me his photo collection in 1987, I founded Estuary Press to handle publishing and licensing the use of his films and photos.  I also wrote and published Critical Focus, The Black and White Photographs of Harvey Wilson Richards (Estuary Press, 1987).  In the years since 1987, I have licensed the use of his films and photos in over 60 documentaries, and in many books, magazines and television. His photos and films have been cataloged and digitized.  All of his 22 films are now available as DVDs.  The interest and demand for his images has continued to grow along with the interest in the legacy of the 1960’s political and cultural upsurge.

The Archive is publishing his still photo images on the web.  Since early 2013, new photo image galleries are being added to the Archive web site.  These galleries consist of hundreds of photos out of the thousands he shot giving a glimpse into the content and range of photo images available and providing a unique vision of the legacy of the 1960’s.  Photo images galleries of civil rights movement activists, peace demonstrations, the Soviet Unionmining, logging, and California farm workers are now available on line.  Coming soon will be galleries on  the San Francisco bay, and nature.

Because the legacy of the peace, the civil rights, the labor and environmental movements have been suppressed, ignored or lied about in our educational system, and in the society generally, over the last decades, I made the decision to publish galleries of his photos on the web site and to make it a primary destination for those interested in the 1960’s. You have to see these photos to believe them. Otherwise, people today will not truly understand what happened in our history and what a fantastic legacy there is for us to study, learn about and continue.

Paul and Harvey Richards, 2000.


About Estuary Press Publishing

 Publishing for Social Justice, Peace, and a Healthy Planet Estuary Press began in 1986 with the publication of Critical Focus, the Black and White Photographs of Harvey Wilson Richards by Paul Richards, Ph.D.  During the following 25 years, Estuary Press archived … Continue reading

Archive Licensing History, 1987-2013

Converse Basin, California, October, 1960

Licencing History and Media Archive Outreach (Link to License History List) Harvey Richards’ active career as a photographer ended in the late 1970’s. Even before he stopped shooting film, demands arose from other film makers and media producers who wanted to include … Continue reading

About Harvey Richards

Harvey Richards, filmmaker and photographer Harvey Richards began using a camera in the 1950s when he was in his mid-forties. He became a photographer after years of working as a machinist in the San Francisco shipyards, and as a merchant … Continue reading

Summary of Archive Contents

Archive Material and Stock Footage The Harvey Richards Media Archive (HRMA) holds all of the original film and sound elements used by him to make 22 documentary films. The HRMA also holds film never used in a finished film, as well … Continue reading

Primary Source Documentaries

The Story of How the Documentaries on Mississippi Voter Registration Drives Were Made. In 1963 and again in the spring of 1964, Harvey Richards made two trips into rural Mississippi to make documentaries in support of civil rights movement activists … Continue reading

List of Archive Holdings

The list of archive holdings was compiled in 1987 when I cataloged the film elements that my father turned over to me.  This archive film list is arranged according to the major subjects he photographed, as is the web site listings of … Continue reading