Doug Menuez / Photographer
Award-winning documentary photographer Douglas Menuez began his varied career shooting first for the Washington Post followed by Time, Newsweek, Life, People, USA Today, Fortune Magazine and many other publications worldwide over the past twenty-five years. He’s covered major news stories including the famine in Ethiopia, the destruction of the Amazon, the AIDS crisis, drug wars, presidential campaigns, the Olympics, five Super Bowls and the World Series. His portraits of key figures range from Mother Teresa and Robert Redford, to President Clinton and Bill Gates.
Throughout the 1980s and ’90s, Menuez pursued a long-term project documenting the rise of Silicon Valley behind the scenes. With unprecedented access to almost every major technology company, he covered digital pioneers such as Steve Jobs, Andy Grove, John Warnock, Bill Joy and John Doerr. Working first for Life Magazine, Menuez continued covering start-ups and established giants until the collapse of the dot.coms. This era was one of the most turbulent and significant––more jobs and wealth were created then ever before in human history. Stanford University Library has recently acquired this work along with his entire archive, and created “The Douglas Menuez Collection at Stanford University Library.”
Menuez’ advertising campaigns for global brands include Chevrolet, Nikon, Siemens, Hewlett Packard, Northwest Airlines, Coca Cola, Nokia, and Microsoft. His work has been honored by many organizations, including the Kelly Awards, The AOP London, The Cannes Festival, The One Show, The Art Director’s Club of NY, Photo District News, The Epson Creativity Award, American Photography, Graphis, and Communication Arts. Menuez has had solo and group shows of his work in Milan, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and London. His most recent one-man shows include “Heaven, Earth, Tequila” at the Holbrook Arts Center, Millbrook, NY and “Transcendent Spirit” at Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles.
Menuez’ work has also been featured in nine of the bestselling “Day in the Life” books, including the cover of “A Day in the Life of Africa” in 2002. In 1989, Menuez co-produced with David Elliott Cohen “15 Seconds: The Great California Earthquake of 1989″, which raised over a half-million dollars for earthquake victims. In 1993, Menuez published “Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton,” Beyond Words Press, which was named one of the best 100 books of the past five years by Graphis. Recent books include “Heaven, Earth, Tequila: Un Viaje al Corazón de México,” Waterside Publishing, 2005, and “Transcendent Spirit: The Orphans of Uganda,” Beaufort Books, NY, 2008, with all proceeds to help Ugandan AIDS orphans. Menuez is currently working on a new book, “Fearless Genius: A Visual Memoir of Silicon Valley.” He lives in New York City with his wife and son.