Coming to this site you probably know that David McReynolds died early on Friday, August 17 after a fall. We are so grateful that many obituaries are including a link to this website so that you can see the extent of his work and interests throughout his adult life.
Our original intro to the site is below, but here is what David wrote about the collection in 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 [coming soon].
There is also the large collection of non-political photos from the East Village of NYC before it was gentrified.
In an earlier email from January 2017 he wrote:
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.
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.