NOV 17: TEDx SAN FRANCISCO Talk: “FEARLESS GENIUS: When Silicon Valley Innovation Transformed the World, 1985-2000”

I’m very pleased to confirm I will be at TED X San Francisco showing images from and discussing the work in progress from my 15 year documentary behind the scenes with the leading innovators and companies who brought us the digital revolution and the internet. Please join me at this amazing event. Tickets are available at their web site and it’s not too late!


Welcome to TEDxSF serving the TED community of the San Francisco Bay Area.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxSF, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSF events, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

To learn more about TEDx, please visit ted.com/tedx.
October 2009



Advisory: Cotton Coulson may or may not be using this product. Photo©2009 Doug Menuez

Advisory: Cotton Coulson may or may not be using this product. Photo©2009 Doug Menuez

As so many of us are aware, there are many studies showing the relationship between madness and creativity– a fine, sometimes manic, line between an artist’s free flight or funk. And to me it seems that so much of what Facebook, Twitter, and social networking is about is a not so subtle mood report; those everyday activites and comments about sharing cool suff and whatever catches our eye, really reflect how our day is going and how we’re doing.

So as a public service to semi-crazed artists, creatives everywhere, and anyone who could benefit from an emotional forecast on the day ahead I thought it would be useful to publish a daily weather report for the soul.

Please look for my collective unconscious DAILY MOOD REPORT on Twitter and Facebook and get your mood properly sorted out before the day’s events rush in.

Of course we’ve had top research scientists, Jungian analysts and Joseph Campbell studies PHD candidates carefully gathering the data points from creative sources worldwide, and then advising on our report. We are 100 percent confident the DAILY MOOD REPORT will in fact be fairly accurate, provided you’ve already dropped a few hits of four way sunshine!

October 2009

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We all want to spend the majority of our time shooting images as opposed to managing the business and following the basic practices that keep us shooting. In the RESOLVE blog and this space, I’ve tried to share some of my experience with an underlying message about striving for longevity and how to merge art and commerce. Which is why I highly recommend John Harrington’s updated new book “Best Business Practices for Photographers.” It’s well written and compelling and his core theme is also that we must think long-term to make good business decisions. We must face up to the responsibility of our own careers and lives and John sets out a beautiful foundation to build on. All photographers benefit when we improve our business practices. Please take a look:

Best Business Practices for Photographers by John Harrington – Rave Reviews

October 2009

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“In a very real sense, I am starting my career from this moment. In many ways it is like starting over but of course with the benefit of hindsight and experience.”


Readers of this blog can tell I’ve been missing in action from my usual 4 am post, pounding away at my keyboard.  And why? Well for the past four months we have been negotiating a deal to fund the preservation, development and marketing of my 1 million image archive. The good news is that we have successfully closed that deal. This means that the historic images of Silicon Valley now housed as part of the Douglas Menuez Collection at Stanford University Library can be scanned, researched and made available for scholars, and we can now finally edit, scan, keyword and market the many thousands of model-released images I have that are perfect for high end advertising. To that end my wife Tereza and I are starting a new company called Menuez Archive Projects, or MAP — more on that soon– and moving my studio from Kingston to a beautiful new space in a former gallery in West Chelsea. I’ve been joined by David Mendez, an accomplished Silicon Valley entrepreneur and film producer who is the new President of MAP, our studio manager Whitney Kidder, a budding photojournalist and well trained by my agents at Stockland Martel. We are hiring some other key staff soon to arrive. We are now in the midst of moving hell and I expect that to continue for the next few weeks. Here’s the new space just before the boxes arrived:

H09_027_301I’m very excited and energized at this new opportunity to build the next phase of my career. In this space and in my workshops I’ve been trying to share my journey to merge art and commerce and my thoughts about how to refine your personal vision to the purest form and then figure out how to make a living from that. I’ve often said it’s all about creating longevity and to build longevity for your career all your decisions have to align with your values and goals.

In a very real sense, I am starting my career from this moment. In many ways it is like starting over but of course with the benefit of hindsight and experience. Still, it’s really hard to find and follow your true path and I’m reminded of that daily and I’ll continue to share what I learn as I move forward. I do believe this new iteration will be the ideal way to synthesize all that I’ve done in the past, which will pave the way for what I do next. Of course all this talk makes me itch to get shooting ’cause it’s all about the pictures, right? More to come…

October 2009

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©2009 Chase Jarvis Blog

©2009 Chase Jarvis Blog

I am floored, speechless, amazed and inspired by something I can’t even get my brain quite around yet, although to the gazillions already downloading Chase Jarvis’ “The Best Camera” Apple iPhone application and book of his iPhone images, as well as those many who are uploading and sharing their iPhone pix on Chase’s new community site it probably seems bloody obvious.  See what I’m talking about here: thebestcamera.com – The Best Photos

So what is the new business model for photographers? We’ve been riding a razor rollercoaster through this down economy combined with the rise of “free” as a suposed way to engage with the digital revolution. Give your work away for free has been the clarion call, especially among the undereducated mobs of young people struggling to break into a career in photography. I’ve been asking here on my blog as well as at my talks around the country, and brainstorming at my workshops, to find solutions to the onslaught of the free thinking as to what could be a viable model for making a living as a photographer. What’s wrong with copyright law? Why do we suddenly need to give away all we worked for because of disruptive new technology that has created cheaper distribution methods?

Well, Chase has just shown the way forward. Raised the bar a skyscraper’s height, but still, he has shown how to take the new media of social networking  and create something financially rewarding AND actually meaningful because people responded, en masse, to participate. And anytime you can create a community around something you have shown that you are doing something worth doing.

We all need to pay attention to this development. I mark it as the most significant synthesis of new media thinking and action within the photo community since… Photoshop?? Well, you can decide if I’m smoking something or not for yourself, but please check out what Chase is doing, it’s truly groundbreaking.

October 2009