Photo of the Day: Burning His Draft Card

In Front of the Oakland Army Induction Center, December, 1967 The Harvey Richard Media Archive has been very active lately, receiving growing interest around the the country and the world from people interested in our history, and especially in our … Continue reading

Plaza de Cultura y Artes Exhibit on Dolores Huerta Opens Today

 The Harvey Richards Media Archive is please to reprint the press release by La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles announcing their exhibit on Dolores Huerta which begins today, April 10, 2014.  Check it out! Press Release Exhibition: ¡Viva … Continue reading

Guatemala 1959

Irrigating by Hand In 1959, Harvey Richards spent some time in Guatemala photographing people and places, including these photos of three men irrigating a vegetable garden by hand. Today, in the age of industrial farming and mechanization, these images remind us … Continue reading

Photo of the Day: Veteran in Mississippi, 1959

Hopes Betrayed: Veterans Return to Mississippi Segregation In 1959, Harvey Richards went on a photographic journey that took him through the southern U.S. and three countries in Latin America, Mexico, Guatemala, and Columbia.  Using a 35 mm Leica camera, he … Continue reading

Wood Chips Devour the Forest

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

Farm Workers at Work: Root Crops, Cotton, Hay

Industrial Agriculture: Machines Take Over California Farm Workers at Work In 1958, when Harvey Richards photographed farm workers at work in California’s central valley, California agriculture was undergoing a transformation from hand to machine work in many crops.  Not all … 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

Summary of Archive Contents

Archive Material and Stock Footage The Harvey Richards Media Archive (HRMA) holds all of the original film and sound elements used by him to make 22 documentary films. The HRMA also holds film never used in a finished film, as well … Continue reading

A Visit to the Soviet Union, Part 2: Far from Moscow

1962, 33 min., color Ordinary People in the Soviet Union: Tashkent and Irkutsk After filming in Moscow, Harvey and Alice Richards took “A Visit to the Soviet Union” to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the capital of one of the USSR’s republics.  During … Continue reading

Tale of Ruin, Capitalism and World Resources

1978, 20 min., color, DVD Capitalism Destroys the Earth Harvey Richards first film on mining, Perch of the Devil, centered on the miner’s strike of 1960 in Butte, Montana.  In the years that followed, underground mining (and its unions) were … Continue reading