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Doug Menuez

STILLS + MOTION

Doug Menuez

“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's Projects

PROJECTS

Doug Menuez' Documentary "Because of You, I Am" Celebrates Japanese-American Taiko Drumming, Culture and Community

Doug Menuez's documentary, “Because of You, I Am” takes viewers into the world of taiko, a traditional Japanese drumming art form while delving into the deeper philosophical aspects that underpin it.

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Capturing Elegance and New York Charm: Doug Menuez' Shoot with Josephine Linden for Harper's Bazaar Australia

Using his editorial and street photography experience, Doug Menuez captured Josephine Linden’s elegance and sophistication in celebration of her illustrious career.  

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Doug Menuez on His Craft and How Technology and AI Factor in

With the advent of AI,  we are witnessing in real-time the next generation of photography’s evolution. Because of this, we asked Doug to share his insights into how this new technology will affect his craft.

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Doug Menuez' Seabourn Campaign and the Thrill of Seeing Work in Print

Sharing Doug Menuez' Seabourn campaign

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A Photojournalism Background Poises Doug Menuez to Capture Real Patient's Stories

Doug Menuez' pharma and healthcare work has created a robust portfolio of campaigns, PSAs and portraiture that evokes every kind of emotion. 

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Doug Menuez' Image Places First in the 2022 APA Awards' Photojournalism Category

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Doug's News

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Doug Menuez Featured in L'Oeil De La Photographie

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Doug Menuez' Image Selected to Appear in the American Photography 39 Annual Book

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Doug Menuez' Seabourn Campaign and the Thrill of Seeing Work in Print

Sharing Doug Menuez' Seabourn campaign

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Doug Menuez' Final Tribute to his Father Places First in 2022 International Photography Awards

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Doug Menuez' Image Places First in the 2022 APA Awards' Photojournalism Category

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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.  

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