STILLS + MOTION
“Circling the globe to find those everyday moments that fuel empathy, connect cultures, and remind us of our shared humanity.”
I’m a New Yorker. Although not born here, my heart belongs to New York and has since I arrived from Chicago at age eight. Even after decades in California, I never felt I was anything other than a transplanted New Yorker — I love its sense of common cause amid a mix of subcultures— the rich, the not-so-rich, the trendy, the young, the old, etc.,. But it was my earliest years on the South side of Chicago as the son of a community organizer where I learned about what it takes to tirelessly stand up for something, to help people define problems and issues, to want to try to change the world for the better. It is this belief that in order to survive, human beings must somehow find this common connection that is the fuel for the stories I tell about our lives.
After attending the San Francisco Art Institute and getting a degree in photojournalism at San Francisco State University, I was accepted for a coveted internship at the Washington Post - where I learned about being ready for absolutely anything, and that to make a photograph that has a point of view, you had to completely invest everything you had to give. There were risks, but to make an image that could stand the test of time was worth everything. I also learned about what was real and what makes something manufactured and contrived, about moments that fail to resonate or have a sense of gravitas.
Over time I have witnessed social injustice, anti-war demonstrations, gender inequality, and racial violence. I have been to the North Pole, crossed the Sahara and spent a few years documenting a young Steve Jobs in his prime — and through it all, my driving beliefs are to continue to show up and to document the realities of the human condition in the context of culture. History matters and we have to look to it for answers as a way of inspiring change.
I am also intrigued by what’s coming, what’s next for me - from giving talks about my time as a witness to the digital revolution, to exploring more film making. I am also intrigued by the next generation of advertising creatives and tech entrepreneurs and curious who will be my next Fearless Genius. I also want to continue to explore the topics that speak to our shared fates - complex and sensitive topics such as birth and mortality but also the ones that show us the richness of the in-between — the emotions, the aspirations and the conflicts.
Ultimately at the heart of my work is a burning curiosity about the human experience and what we all have in common. As a visual storyteller I believe my role is witness, but also messenger and be it street photography, shooting a global ad campaign or documenting corporate culture, I want my Images to have an impact - be it on culture, on our emotions or on our collective conscience; images that catch those milliseconds of reality that maybe nobody else will notice, but I do.
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Doug Menuez Leverages His Deep Rooted Industry Knowledge to Refresh Intel's Image Library
Tech giant Intel needed a photographer for their rebrand who would produce a refreshed library of images that show how people are working in 2022. Doug Menuez's on the ground experience with technology companies over the past 30 years positioned him to excel with this task using his expertise and deep industry knowledge to convey how these companies work and how they have changed.Read more
Doug Menuez Captures Women's Stories of Wanderlust, Luxury, and Romance for Seabourn
Doug Menuez’s work for Seabourn Cruise Line is a prime example of his documentary approach, telling a story within each individual frame, encouraging talent on set to get into a role and play out a story as he shoots.Read more
Doug Menuez Documents the Changing Face of Kingston, NY
Under the radar from the city of Kingston at large, Doug Menuez‘s “Wild Place” is a years-long series, a positive voice for what he sees and who he meets in his beloved hometown.Read more
Trust and Experience Are Key Elements in Photographer and Director Doug Menuez's Toolkit
Doug Menuez has made it his mission to study human behavior and culture, their interdependence, documenting people and society. Clients seek imagery that is culturally relevant, making Doug a natural choice.Read more
Doug Menuez Demonstrates That Smiles Aren't the Only Way to Demonstrate Emotion
Productions have changed with COVID. Eden Health sought Doug Menuez for his humanist approach, knowing he could produce meaningful content within the restrictions.Read more
Doug Menuez' Imagery Shows Us Love Is the Answer
We admire people who use their art and talent to highlight what we all have in common. In his collection titled “Love Stories,” Doug Menuez captures love, one expression at a time.Read more
Doug Menuez on Digital Camera World
Digital Camera World features Doug Menuez in their recent issue. It's always an honor to have our photographers and their work highlighted in media outlets and this article emphasize Doug's lifelong commitment to documenting our shared humanity.
Doug Menuez's 'Wild Place' To Be First Exhibit at New Location of The Center for Photography Woodstock
Doug Menuez‘s years-long series “Wild Place” ill be on exhibit at The Center for Photography in Woodstock, NY February 5 - April 3, 2022. The exhibition’s opening will coincide with the debut of CPW’s new Kingston facilities in Midtown. Menuez’s exhibition will be on view at Prince Street Studios and CPW’s new offices at 474 Broadway in Kingston.
Doug Menuez Wins Five IPA Awards for Images From Four Different Projects
Doug's winning work includes images from the Wild Place: People of Kingston book, his music video, RAGE, work from a commercial shoot of Randi Zinn, and imagery from his Americana book.Read more
Doug Menuez Inducted into the SFSU Alumni Hall of Fame
Doug Menuez was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at SF State University!Read more
American Photography AP37 Recognizes Doug Menuez With Two Awards
Congrats to Doug Menuez on the American Photography awards — documenting humanity one photograph at a time.Read more
Doug Menuez's Fearless Genius Book Is Now Available in China!
Congratulations to Doug Menuez on his continuing success with his Fearless Genius book.Read more