Knowing Our History Is the First Step to Changing Our World.

The Harvey Richards Media Archive offers unique film and still photo images of the 1960’s on the west coast, images of progressive social movements for change, peace, social justice and a healthy planet.

Film and Photo Images of the 1960’s

Harvey Richards (1912 –2001) video and photo images of the 1960s are available in twenty-two documentary films and still photo image galleries that were shot during the years from 1958 to 1982. Harvey Richards chose sides. He was a movement photographer who used photo images to help the civil rights, peace, ecology and the labor movement causes he believed in. He worked on his own, independently, to advance these causes at the front lines of social conflict when the mainstream mass media was absent and hostile, which happened frequently especially in the early years of the 1960’s.

His films became self-portraits of the movements he photographed. His civil rights films made in Mississippi in 1963 and 1964 offered share croppers unscripted opportunities to tell the world what their struggle for voting rights meant to them. His films on California farm workers contain farm worker voices.  His mining film made in Butte, Montana, in 1960 contains the miner’s voices. During the 1960’s, movement organizations that used his documentaries as fundraisers, organizing films and outreach vehicles included the United Farm Workers,The United Packinghouse Workers Union, the Sierra Club, Women for Peace, and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. All his films are available on DVD and can be streamed and downloaded. Over 1000 of his photo images are available for viewing in galleries on this web site. All films and photos are available for purchase and licensing.

Since the 1960’s, Richards’ films and photo images have been licensed for use in many books, films, and television productions and have been acquired by many libraries. The internet today brings this historic photography collection to a wider audience than ever before, for all those interested in knowing about our history and advancing the causes of peace, social justice and a healthy planet.

About the Harvey Richards Media Archive: The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social justice upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation in western forests, and mines among other subjects.  All of his 22 films are available for streaming, downloading and 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. Estuary Press is the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive video and photo image collections.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Critical Focus, the Black and White Photos of Harvey Wilson Richards (1987), and of Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano and Heart Suite, a trilogy of three books of poetry by Nina Serrano. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of the social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, paulrichards@estuarypress.com or visit estuarypress.com for more details.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577; paulrichards@estuarypress.com