Doug Menuez is an award-winning documentary photographer based in New York City. While his varied career over 25+ years has ranged from photojournalism to commissioned work and personal fine art book projects, his methodology has evolved to employ a traditional documentary approach that also allows for his subjective interpretation of the subject. The driving concern of all his work is to explore and reflect the human condition.
His early work as a photojournalist began in 1981 as an intern for The Washington Post, and from there began a career as freelance photojournalist for Time, Newsweek, Life, USA Today, Fortune and many other publications worldwide. His subjects included the Ethiopian famine, the Olympics, and the AIDS crisis. He gained exclusive, unprecedented access to record the rise of Silicon Valley and daily lives of its most brilliant innovators, including Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Bill Joy and John Doerr during an era when more jobs and wealth were created than at any time in human history. His many portrait assignments range from Mother Tereza to Robert Redford and President Bill Clinton. Menuez’ work has won numerous awards, been exhibited in solo and group shows and been featured in nine of the bestselling Day in the Life books. His advertising clients include global brands such as Chevrolet, Emirates Airlines, McDonald’s, Allstate, Coca Cola, Microsoft, Citibank, Nokia, GE and Samsung. Menuez’ books include the bestseller co-produced with David Elliott Cohen, 15 Seconds: The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1989, which generated more than five hundred thousand dollars in relief money for earthquake victims.
Three of his personal fine art documentary projects have been published to date: Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton, Beyond Words Publishing,1993, Heaven, Earth, Tequila: Un Viaje al Corazón de México, Waterside Press, 2005. His new book Transcendent Spirit: The Orphans of Uganda is from Beaufort Books, NY, 2008, with an introduction by Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Stanford University Library recently acquired his extensive archive of over 1 million photographs, including 250,000 images shot over fifteen years of the Silicon Valley project, for their collection.