When Filling the San Francisco Bay Was Legal, 1969

Filling the San Francisco Bay 1969 In 1970, the Save the Bay movement arose to stop the filling of the bay at a time when filling the bay was legal. To contribute to this movement, Harvey Richards made the film Warning … Continue reading

California Flood of 1965

Paying the Price for Clear Cut Logging After years of mechanized, systematic clear cutting of the forests of northern California by large logging corporations, the California flood of 1965 washed logging debris into the rivers and through coastal towns with … Continue reading

Butte’s Berkeley Pit: Violating Life on Earth

Abandoned and Deadly: The Open Pit Lives on Harvey Richards went to Butte, Montana to photograph the miner’s strike of 1959.  He returned in 1966 and 1973 photographing the huge gaping hole known as the Berkeley Pit (operated from 1955 … Continue reading

Butte Montana, 1959

Butte Miner’s Union No. 1 Strikes Anaconda Copper Company, 1959   Harvey Richards went to Butte Montana in the winter of 1959 to make a film in support of the miners on strike against Anaconda Copper Company.  He produced a … Continue reading

Wood Chips Devour the Forest

Global Warming: A Product of Market Forces   Harvey Richards made several forays into the northwest forests with his cameras in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, focusing on, among other things, the immense piles of wood chips looming up … Continue reading

Giant Machinery Devours the Forest

What the Machinery Looked Like   During my life time, we have gone from celebrating the might of machinery in our domination of nature to weeping for the destruction it has caused in the midst of global warming. When my … Continue reading

The Last Giant Redwoods Come Down

Unique Images of Giant Redwoods Being Logged Out In the 1960’s, the last commercially available stands of old growth giant redwoods were being clear cut. Harvey Richards photographed the giants being cut, hauled, unloaded, stacked, debarked and milled at lumber … Continue reading

Clear Cutting Devastates Forests

Clear Cutting Forests Is “Cutting the Lungs Out of the Earth.” Forests grow slowly over the decades.  Trees grow deep roots, their leaves falling on the forest floor creating soil full of life and organic nutrients that support diverse populations … Continue reading