RICK SMOLAN IS OUR NEW GUEST CURATOR!

I’m delighted to announce that our new Guest Curator at Menuez Archive Projects is my dear friend and mentor Rick Smolan. He has taken a run through the archive and come up with not one, but four interesting edits. Rick has been a huge inspiration as a photojournalist (many covers of Time, National Geographic, etc) and then book creator and publisher, and has been a huge influence on my career. Shooting the Day in the Life books each year was a highlight for me. Rick was the guy who taught me in the mid-80′s what a model release was among other things. And how important those could be even for photojournalists who might later want to sell stock. Hello! Each month or two we feature a new picture editor, art director, photographer, or friend of photography to share their take on what they find in the archive. They say every photographer needs and editor, and I believe them. Please take a look at what Rick put together on MAP: Menuez Archive Projects Home click “Guest Curators”

Monday
04
October 2010

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STEPHANIE MENUEZ JOINS MAP!

I’m thrilled to announce that Stephanie Menuez has joined Menuez Archive Projects as Director of New Business & Marketing. Many of you know her from her 13-year career as a top rep in San Francisco, though I knew of her long before that—she’s my sister. Here’s a shot of us my dad took when we were like 3:

©D. Barry Menuez

Steph has had her own amazing career off broadway in the 80′s and then in Hollywood in movies, got tired of that and we started working together in the mid-90′s as I was entering a new phase in my career. She has an incredible eye and is now a painter. Her intuitive way of working with people and generous spirit has been such a strong part of my work in the past. We’ve not worked together for the past five years so it’s a great reunion!

In her new role, Stephanie will serve as our client’s guide to unlocking the creative potential of MAP’s vast archives of exclusive stock imagery by doing custom searches. And she’ll will work closely with our superagents at Stockland Martel to support their sales efforts on our behalf. She’s also looking forward to hearing about what you’re working on. In fact, if you’re in New York and want to meet up for lunch, give Stephanie a call (212.336.1561) or email her (stephanie@menuez.com).

Stephanie Menuez joins Menuez Archive Projects as Director of New Business & Marketing « Stockland Martel

Thursday
08
July 2010

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LAUNCHING A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH STOCKLAND MARTEL

The big news at Menuez Archive Projects this week is the announcement that Stockland Martel is now our exclusive sales agent in the US and worldwide (apart from Europe– stay tuned for more Euro news soon). They have just sent out the below email blast and we are extremely proud to formalize this arrangement. This deepens our already fruitful relationship as they represent me for assignment work as well. And our clients all know they can expect t us to leap through flaming hoops for them…

If you were at our February launch party or read about us on the blogs, you know our mission is to put the million-plus images from my archive at the fingertips of creatives everywhere. So we’re proud to report that in three short months, we’ve already expanded our inventory well into the thousands, refined our beta site and have thousands more being edited and scanned every month. But now I also understand why more photographers don’t go through this process– it’s seriously difficult and seriously expensive!  But we’ve got a great start and it’s a huge relief to be underway.

Wednesday
19
May 2010

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MENUEZ ARCHIVE PROJECTS LAUNCHES VALENTINE’S DAY

After several years of work, Menuez Archive Projects will open on February 14th, followed by a launch party on the 18th at our new studio in West Chelsea. Working virtually non-stop over the last four months since we got partners, we have been editing and vetting my archive of over a million images, and now scanning the selects. We’ll be making these images available to advertising, editorial and educational users through a new web site as well as through my agents at Stockland Martel. And we can now continue the preservation of my historic material shot in Silicon Valley that is housed at Stanford University Libraries.

I’ve been alluding to this upcoming launch and inviting folks to our blow-out party, but now that we’re in the homestretch I feel comfortable myself mentioning it here. MAP is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and chance to leverage all my years of work, and create a solid new platform to build on for the future phases of my career. The development of this project ties in with all the stuff I teach in my workshops in Santa Fe (March 7-13) and Woodstock (Aug. 7-8) and so I’m actually walking the talk. Not so easy, but what I do feel good about is that I’m proving this merger of art and commerce and getting paid to shoot what you love can be a reality; if I can do it, others can.  I think photographers all have to explore whatever they can in this harsh environment in terms of new business models, but the bottom line will always come back to what you see that no one else does and then supporting that vision with a solid business plan. Or marry well.

The most fun thing of the past few weeks though has been a chance to shoot a whole new library of images in Miami documenting various stories of real life—just as I would on my own—but the beauty part is these are all released.

Here’s a link to more info about our project on Stockland Martel’s blog, if you are interested in joining us for the party:  Party invitation: Come celebrate Menuez Archive Projects on Feb. 18 « Stockland MartelOf course, we are taking large risks, and no new venture is without risk. Over my career, I’ve experienced both successes and failures, and the clearest path to a more satisfying creative life goes straight through risk territory. What the hell, life is short.

Here’s the last shot I made at the end of our week in Miami. Through my talented nephew Max we found an intriguing electronic hip-hop band having a house party. As we were leaving, my young war photog friend Dan McCabe, who was helping out with video, alerted me that some of the kids from the party were hurling beer bottles at the train going through the yard across the street. By the time I got there,  the vibe and attention had shifted to more important matters:

House Party Kiss, Miami, 2010. ©Doug Menuez

House Party Kiss, Miami, 2010. ©Doug Menuez

Thursday
04
February 2010

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