Images of a Segregated Society: Mississippi, 1959-1964

What Does a Segregated Society Look Like?

“Segregated Society: Mississippi, 1959-1964” is gallery offering a selection taken from Harvey’s photography during his three trips to Mississippi during the years from 1959 to 1964.

Images of a Segregated Society: Poll Tax Sign, Mississippi, 1963.
Images of a Segregated Society: Poll Tax Sign, Mississippi, 1963.

Images of a Segregated Society

Harvey Richards went to the south during the 1960s civil rights era to help counter a biased media that ignored the struggle for freedom. He put it this way:

“Everything that you heard on television or on newsreels was terribly warped and twisted…. There was an enormous difference between the world I had seen with my eyes prior to the fifties and the world that I saw in the media. And…prior to my going to the deep south, Martin Luther King might get five seconds, six seconds, seven seconds on an evening news broadcast. The only thing you would get about the conditions of black people in the south would be a few words from the traditional talking head. You never, nobody took cameras into the homes, into the work places, into the fields in areas like that. That is the principal reason why I wanted to go there with a camera. Not to try to do something that was better than somebody else was doing.”  Harvey Richards, from Primary Source Documentaries.

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