The Photographic Adventures of Harvey Richards

The timeline presents the photographic adventures of Harvey Richards which begins in 1957 when  the House Un-American Activities Committee sent Harvey a subpoena.  Not wanting to be dragged through the mud by this witch hunting bunch, Harvey grabbed his newly acquired Leica 35 mm camera and took a “vacation”.  His travels took him through the deep south US, Mexico, Columbia, and Venezuela.  He commented later that in this trip, he basically served an apprenticeship as a photographer. When he returned home, he launched photographic effort to aid struggling social movements of the time. His first subject was California Farm Workers.  He made a trip to Butte, Montana in 1960 where he made a film for the striking United Mine Workers Local No. 1.  He and his wife Alice, and son Paul, traveled to the Soviet Union in 1961 to make two films about women and children in a socialist society.  In 1963 and 1964 he went to Mississippi to make films to help the voter registration and civil rights movements that destroyed segregation in the U.S. Harvey photographed early peace demonstrations in the San Francisco Bay Area and when the 1960’s anti-Vietnam war movement exploded onto the scene, Harvey was there photographing the movement for peace.  Interspersed throughout these years, Harvey traveled into northern California and Oregon photographing the devastating clear cutting taking place in the  forests of the west coast. He made 22 documentary films between 1959 and 1978 which he offered free to the movements he supported for use in their organizing.  He also shot thousands of still photos in all of these subject areas along the way.

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 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, or visit for more details.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577;


The Photographic Adventures of Harvey Richards — 2 Comments

  1. This is a wonderful monument in the memory of a person that provided the world with a unique vision of the history of mankind and social justice.We owe Harvey a lot!!!

  2. Fantastic! Thank you so much for this invaluable information. Legacy of HWR seems to grow ever more as time goes by and all this he did without any pretense of recording history. He was there at the time and it was always “at the moment” for him.

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