An Archive for Activists
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 Union, mining, 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.