Nuclear Disarmament and Cuban Crisis

Moving Away from the Brink of Nuclear War The Cuban revolution brought nuclear brinkmanship to the fore as nuclear disarmament and the Cuban Crisis escalated protests during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 when the Soviet Union placed nuclear missiles … Continue reading

Primary Source Documentaries

The Story of How the Documentaries on Mississippi Voter Registration Drives Were Made. In 1963 and again in the spring of 1964, Harvey Richards made two trips into rural Mississippi to make documentaries in support of civil rights movement activists … 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

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

Archive Licensing History, 1987-2013

Converse Basin, California, October, 1960

Licencing History and Media Archive Outreach (Link to License History List) Harvey Richards’ active career as a photographer ended in the late 1970’s. Even before he stopped shooting film, demands arose from other film makers and media producers who wanted to include … Continue reading

Mechanized Poison: Chemicals in California Agriculture 1958-65

Poisons in California Agriculture: A Capital Input for Profit Just as agribusiness turned to mechanization of planting, watering and harvesting to reduce labor costs and increase profits, so too did it turn to chemical pesticide poisons in California agriculture derived from … Continue reading

The Photographic Adventures of Harvey Richards

  How It All Began The timeline presents the photographic adventures of Harvey Richards which began in 1957 when  the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) sent Harvey a subpoena. It was the last straw in a series of persecutions that changed … Continue reading

Water in California Agriculture, 1958-1965

Water: A Capital Input for Agribusiness Profit Corporate agribusiness thinks of water as a capital input for their profit making enterprises. Most people think of a river meandering through green pastures, or a wild river roaring through wooded valleys as signs of the … 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

Civil Rights Movement Leaders Bob Moses and Charles E. Cobb, Jr, 50 years later

  At a recent fund raiser for Young People’s Project, civil rights movement leaders Bob Moses and Charles E. Cobb, Jr. received copies of Critical Focus, the Black and White Photographs of Harvey Wilson Richards (Estuary Press, 1987) and this photograph was taken. Estuary Press has … Continue reading