Please note: Photos on this site are © David McReynolds. Please use the contact form to ask for permission to use any of them or for proper crediting. Thanks.

David McReynolds (1929-2018) was well known in peace and social justice circles for his 40-year career on the War Resisters League (WRL) staff, his years of leadership in the Socialist Party (SPUSA), and his political writings. Many more came to know him as a result of political campaigns for Congress from Lower Manhattan in 1958 and 1968, for President of the United States as the SPUSA candidate in 1980 and again in 2000, and for the U.S. Senate from New York in 2004 on the Green Party ticket. Through WRL’s connection to War Resisters’ International and the worldwide antiwar movement, David traveled extensively. As a young adult in Ocean Park, California, David met his political mentor Vern Davidson. In the spring of 1956, he moved to the East Village in New York City and began working for Liberation Magazine where he met and worked with Bayard Rustin, David Dellinger, Barbara Deming, A.J. Muste, Dorothy Day, among others.

Throughout his life David McReynolds was an avid and accomplished photographer. His photo collection of more than 70,000 black and white and color negatives, slides, and paper and digital prints is full of history. David’s friends and colleagues, aware of this unique collection, worked with him (and continue now) to identify people and places and make the photos available to a wider community while preparing the collection for archiving.

David died on August 17, 2018. A simple internet search will turn up many more links to information about David, his writings, and video interviews. A memorial was held on December 1, 2018. The program’s audio can be heard here if you are interested.

Please note, these photos are the tip of the iceberg — a sampling. There are so many more travels, demonstrations, street shots, and people to add to the site. Please check in periodically — and use the contact form if you have questions, to inquire about photo use, or want to help.

Here are some quotes from David about the photo collection:

January 2017: I am grateful beyond words for the chance to put up on a web page those who shaped my life — Bayard Rustin, A.J. Muste, Igal Roodenko, Allen Ginsberg, Norma Becker, Ralph DiGia (the real saint of WRL) and on through boxes of prints and negatives. And the people of Vietnam, Libya, and Iraq. 

April 2018: In some ways this is a personal collection, since pretty much all the photos are mine. We realized, as I advanced in years, that with my camera I have taken pictures of the movement (and friends, cats, dogs, etc.) since the 1950’s. The early ones were black and white, then color prints, then color slides, and now (but we have not sorted those yet) hundreds of digital photos from the past twenty years.
Some of the photos are good, some not so good. But they are a chronicle not so much of my own life as of the work in which the pacifist and socialist movements were involved, such as the demonstration in support of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, or shots from Prague in 1968.
One of the early photos of a large civil rights rally in Madison Square Garden, with Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and others, shows the beginning of the vast movement. Other photos take us to Vietnam during the war years, or to Cambodia. Or to the Soviet Union before its collapse.
There is also the large collection of non-political photos from the East Village of NYC before it was gentrified.

See the War Resisters League website for links to many obituaries and tributes.

Please note: Photos on this site are © David McReynolds. Please use the contact form to ask for permission to use any of them or for proper crediting. Thanks.