Cesar Chavez National Monument

Harvey Richards’ photo mural in Cesar Chavez National Monument In the Tehachapi Mountains of Kern County, California, up on Highway 58 to the south east of Bakersfield, stands the César E. Chávez National Monument of the US National Park Service. It is … Continue reading

1960s Historic USA Photography on the Web

Free Resources for Studying Uprisings of the 1960s A thousand photos in the Harvey Richards Media Archive photo galleries and 22 videos tell the story of the 1960s like only images can. His photographs are full of the events that happened … Continue reading

Kid Tomato Picker Visited by a Bird by Federico Correa

Federico Correa: Art and Memory Federico Correa posted this image of his painting on his Facebook page. It stirred me deeply, thinking about how we first met on the internet and how much time had passed since my father had stumbled … Continue reading

Critical Focus eBook

1960s Photography eBook Estuary Press has published an eBook edition of Critical Focus: The Black and White Photographs of Harvey Wilson Richards. The eBook contains more than the photos and text of the original 1986 book. Now, Critical Focus is a gateway to well … Continue reading

History Is What My YouTube Channel Is About

Paul Richards YouTube Channel Video Intro Three years ago, in 2011, I put the Paul Richards YouTube Channel to work with clips from 22 films from the Harvey Richards Media Archive. The idea was to add movie clips to the Archive web … Continue reading

Farm Workers Civil Rights in California

“Open Mind” Civil Rights Issue Features Harvey Richards’ Photos The Fall 2013 issue of Open Mind, A Publication of Cal Humanities, is about civil rights in California.  In using the Harvey Richards photo taken during the 1966 March to Sacramento, … Continue reading

Farm Workers at Work: Root Crops, Cotton, Hay

Industrial Agriculture: Machines Take Over   In 1958, when Harvey Richards photographed farm workers in California’s central valley, California agriculture was undergoing a transformation from hand to machine work in many crops.  Not all crops, but certainly root crops and … Continue reading

Farm Workers at Work: Fruits and Vegetables

Industrial Farming from Hands to Machines, 1958-1964 In 1958, Harvey Richards toured the central valley of California photographing farming in many crops. This photo image gallery presents images of farming fruits and vegetables. As part of his filming for Factory … Continue reading

Factory Farms

1959, 37 minutes, color, DV  Factory Farms from the Organizer’s Point of View California farm workers caught the attention of Harvey Richards early in his photographic career.  Working with unionists and pro-union activists, Harvey toured the central valley of California … Continue reading

The Harvesters

1960, 18 min., black/white, DVD Rural Farm Labor Becomes Factory Labor The rush to mechanize California agriculture to reduce the cost of farm labor in the late 1950′s and early 1960′s came as California’s factory farmers responded to the anticipated … Continue reading