California Bracero Program in 1958

Photographing the California Bracero Program In 1958, the California bracero program sponsored by the U.S. government imported temporary contract laborers from Mexico under an agreement created during World War II. The California Bracero Program brought prosperity to growers and poverty to … Continue reading

About Estuary Press Publishing

 Publishing for Social Justice, Peace, and a Healthy Planet Estuary Press began in 1986 with the publication of Critical Focus, the Black and White Photographs of Harvey Wilson Richards by Paul Richards, Ph.D.  During the following 25 years, Estuary Press archived … Continue reading

California Farm Workers at Home, 1957-1965

Farm Workers at the Bottom California farm workers lived in substandard housing, in labor camps, mobile trailers, and sometimes on the banks of a river.  With bracero labor removing half or more of the jobs from California’s factory farms in … Continue reading

California Farm Workers on Strike

Farm Workers on Strike 1959-1966 Harvey Richards photographed farm workers on strike in California agriculture from 1957 to 1966 In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s farm workers went on strike many times in a seemingly futile effort to win … Continue reading

Industrial Agriculture Shapes the Land

Land: A Blank Medium for Profits for Industrial Agriculture   Industrial agriculture’s first step is consolidation of the land into big farms. Then big machinery shapes the land so that large scale industrial agriculture can operate profitably. They call it … Continue reading

Seeds and Mechanized Planting

Mechanized Planting: From Tending the Land to Tending Machines Before Monsanto’s patented, genetically modified seeds came into existence in the 1990’s and established legal barriers to prevent farmers from gathering seeds from their crops for planting next year, seed harvesting … Continue reading

About Harvey Richards

Harvey Richards, filmmaker and photographer Harvey Richards began using a camera in the 1950s when he was in his mid-forties. He became a photographer after years of working as a machinist in the San Francisco shipyards, and as a merchant … Continue reading