California Farm Worker Videos on Amazon Prime

Braceros, industrial Agriculture, Union Organizing, 1959-1966

Harvey Richards’ California Farm Worker videos were made as he roamed the central valleys of California with still and motion picture cameras documenting the conditions of farm workers, the expansion of industrial agriculture and union organizing in the fields and packing houses of that era. All are now available on Amazon Prime.

California Farm Worker Videos

Harvey Richards first photographic works in the late 1950’s and 1960’s centered on California farm workers. His films were made from the worker’s and union’s point of view, designed to help the organizing drives of the United Packing House Workers Union (Factory Farms), the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO (The HarvestersUno Veintecinco) and the United Farm Workers (The Land Is Rich). He was not officially sponsored by the unions, doing all of the filming, editing and producing independently.  Once complete, the films were given to organizers for their use.

While filming, he also shot still black and white and color photos of California agriculture. The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains ten photo image galleries of Richards’ photography in the fields of California.

California Farm Workers on Strike 1959-1966

California Farm Workers on Strike 1959-1966

California Farm Workers at Home, 1957-1965

California Farm Workers at Home, 1957-1965

Child Labor in the Fields of California, 1958, 1962

Child Labor in the Fields of California, 1958, 1962

California Bracero Program in 1958

California Bracero Program in 1958

Mechanized Poison: Chemicals in California Agriculture 1958-65

Mechanized Poison: Chemicals in California Agriculture 1958-65

Water in California Agriculture, 1958-1965

Water in California Agriculture, 1958-1965

Industrial Agriculture Shapes the Land

Industrial Agriculture Shapes the Land

Seeds and Mechanized Planting

Seeds and Mechanized Planting

Farm Workers at Work: Fruits and Vegetables

Farm Workers at Work: Fruits and Vegetables

Farm Workers at Work: Root Crops, Cotton, Hay

Farm Workers at Work: Root Crops, Cotton, Hay


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