Harvey Richards logging photography started during the 1960’s when logging corporations completed the destruction of the last of the old-growth redwood forests in northern California and Oregon, a process which Judi Barri characterized as “ripping the lungs out of the planet”.
He drove into the forests on logging roads and filmed the cutting and transporting of logs and the wastelands left behind. He filmed the logging mills and the rivers full of cut logs on their way to the mills. He photographed the ships fully loaded with logs on their way to Japan where cutting down trees is illegal. He made four films on logging, The Stump Makers, Wasted Woods, Vanishing Redwoods and Timber Tigers. His photo images are a unique resource showing the destructive path that corporate logging has left on the earth.
Harvey’s photo images of mining started out in his Butte, Montana trip in 1960 making Perch of the Devil, a film about the 1959 copper miner’s strike.
The images show miner’s homes, the streets of Butte, the mine gallows and tailing piles that dominated the town built over “the richest hill on earth”. He photographed the miner’s union hall, the small picket lines and the pall of depression that seemed to hover over the miners. The open pit mining ended the struggle by displacing the hard rock miners altogether. Ten years later, Harvey photographed the awesome gaping holes in the earth that swallowed up Butte, with the giant machines and immensely destructive impact on the earth. Mining is is the subject of his last film, Tale of Ruin, Capitalism and World Resources.
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 →
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 →
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 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 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 →