Windows for Harvey 2019

About WFH2019

Windows for Harvey 2019 is presented by Castro Merchants, the neighborhood merchant organization founded by Harvey Milk in 1973, with the support of our very generous Event Sponsors.

Also, a very special thanks to the following...

2019 Event Sponsors

The Agency

The Apothecarium

Castro Community Benefits District

Sterling Bank & Trust

Vanguard Realty



2019 Participating Artists

Nick Aitkens
ArtReach Artists
Matthew Brecke
Emma Brown
Hana Chloe
the daily grrr!
Miranda Dershimer
Billy Douglas
Brett Kaufman
James LaCroce
Danyol Leon
Francis Li
Paul Morin
Jim Murphy
Camille O'Grady
Amanda Ondretti
Terrilee O'Rourke
Yi Lin Pei
Alex Prestia
Ian Price
John Raines
Earl Speas
Roberto Zavala
The Students of Harvey Milk
Civil Rights Academy

2019 Castro Merchants Participants

The Academy
AHF Healthcare Center
AHF Pharmacy
The Apothecarium
Body Clothing
Castro Theatre
Cliff's Variety
Castro Village Wine Company
D&H Jewelers
Dog Eared Books
For Your Eyes Only
GLBT History Museum
Human Rights Campaign Store
La Mediterranee
Levi's Store
Local Take 
Mudpuppy's Tub & Scrub
PO Plus
Spunk Salon
Stag & Manor
Sterling Bank & Trust
Strut / SF AIDS Foundation
Sui Generis
Super Duper Burger
Swirl on Castro
Vanguard Properties
ZGO Perfumery

Everyone who connects with us on


2019 Contibuting Supporters

HRC Campaign Store

La Mediterranee

Sterling Graphics

The Windows for Harvey 2016 poster

The Windows for Harvey 2016 poster

The Windows for Harvey 2017 poster

The Windows for Harvey 2017 poster

The Windows For Harvey 2018 poster

The Windows For Harvey 2018 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