Windows for Harvey 2018

About WFH2017

Last year, Windows for Harvey 2017 was produced by Castro Merchants, the neighborhood merchant organization founded by Harvey Milk in 1973, with the support of the SF Office of Economic and Workplace Development's Invest in Neighborhoods initiative and the Castro Community Benefits District.


A very special thanks also to the following...

2017 Supporters

Invest in Neighborhoods/Mayor's Office of Economic and Workplace Development

Castro Community Benefits District

Dan Nicoletta

Sterling Graphics


2017 Participating Artists

Adam Ansell
Aviva Kanoff
Billy Douglas
Danyol Leon
Elaine Denham
Eva Silverman
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
Jason Mecier
Jeffrey Burke-Whitten
Jessica Presley-Grusin
Juanita MORE!
Jun Yang
Peaches Christ Productions
Robin Malone Simmons
Seth Shubin
Sylvie Guillot

2017 Castro Merchants Participants

Art Attack SF
ArtSavesLives Gallery
Berkshire Hathaway-Drysdale Properties
Beyond Just Tax
Canela Bistro
Cliff's Variety
Dog Eared Books
Eureka Valley/
Harvey Milk Memorial Library
Finn Town
Human Rights Campaign Store
La Mediterranee
Levi's Store
Local Take
Mudpuppy's Tub & Scrub
PO Plus
RAW, A Juice Company
Spark Arts
Spunk Salon
Sui Generis
Swirl on Castro
Twin Peaks Tavern
ZGO Perfumery

Everyone who connected with us on


 The Windows for Harvey 2016 poster

The Windows for Harvey 2016 poster

 The Windows for Harvey 2017 poster

The Windows for Harvey 2017 poster

My friend, Harvey Milk.
— Daniel Nicoletta, photographer

Once again, Windows for Harvey is honored to work with this iconic image of Harvey Milk, created by photographer Dan Nicoletta, to create event graphics. Read below Dan's recollection of the photo, both taking the original photo on Castro Street, and then encountering the photo months later, after Harvey was gone. You can view more of Dan's photography on his website.

 Harvey Milk circa 1977 photograph, copyright 1978, Dan Nicoletta

Harvey Milk circa 1977 photograph, copyright 1978, Dan Nicoletta

"The now famous tie-blowing photo shoot with Harvey Milk was originally for a publicity shot for his third SF City council election campaign in 1977. We originally rejected the shot with the tie blowing in the wind in favor of a shot where the tie was “straight”. Some people will remember that during Harvey’s first run for office, he had a tied-back ponytail look which was advised against after he lost that campaign. This third campaign was the year for the buttoned-down Harvey. (Well, at least as buttoned-down as he would ever be, which is not very buttoned-down at all.)

That third campaign was the one where he was elected as one of the first openly gay elected officials in the world. Eleven months later, Harvey was killed in his City Hall office by a homophobic colleague.

Shortly after Harvey’s death, Scott Smith (then Harvey’s life partner) and I were organizing his papers and there, on top of a box of hundreds of loose photographic slides, was a glassine envelope with the long-lost negative strip from the campaign shoot.

Curious, I held it up to the light and noticed the rejected shot. I thought the smile looked promising and, since the formalities of campaigning were not an issue anymore, I printed it, primarily to see if this smile was better. When the image appeared in my darkroom tray, I was taken aback by the evocation of passing time that was present in the motion of Harvey's necktie being gently lifted into the air by the San Francisco breeze.

And so this shot is the one that was meant to go out into the world in remembrance of this wonderful man, my friend, Harvey Milk."

-      Dan Nicoletta, May 2, 2017