Doug Menuez Hosts Leica Akademie Workshop

Doug Menuez
Photo by Doug Menuez

Photographer Doug Menuez, who we profiled with his long-term documentary project that focused on early Silicon Valley, including Steve Jobs, who gave Menuez unprecedented access—and who recently contributed to our blog post on finding a camera system that’s right for you, is holding an upcoming workshop in Los Angeles, September 8-10, 2017.

The “On Assignment With Doug Menuez and Leica SL” workshop will include advice from the photographer on assignment planning, how to edit the strongest portfolio and how to get paid to shoot what you love, among other topics. In addition, workshop participants will go on assignment with Menuez, shooting with him in and around Los Angeles. That will be followed by a portfolio review and post-shoot critique.

Menuez is excited about the workshop, noting “It will be one of the best I’ve done, with a real-world, go-on-assignment approach.” Photographers don’t need to shoot with Leicas to attend the class.

Doug Menuez

Preceding the workshop will be the opening night exhibition of Menuez’s latest work, “Fearless Genius: The Next Generation,” held at Leica Gallery LA. The reception is September 6, 6-8 p.m., with the exhibition running through October 1. The gallery is located at 8783 Beverly Blvd., in West Hollywood.

With this body of work, Menuez examines the next generation of tech innovators and entrepreneurs who will change our world.

Sign up for Doug’s workshop, and get more information about the exhibition.

See the press release below for all the details:

Leica Gallery Los Angeles Unveils Doug Menuez’s Fearless Genius: The Next Generation

Next wave of tomorrow’s innovators captured in never-before-seen gallery from prolific photographer

August 21, 2017 – Leica Gallery Los Angeles is proud to present the premiere of celebrated photographer Doug Menuez’s Fearless Genius: The Next Generation on September 6th.  The gallery exhibition, shot exclusively on Leica’s mirrorless SL camera system, will showcase the newest class of up and coming technology trailblazers.  In addition, Menuez will host a Leica Akademie workshop from September 8th through 10th, following a welcome reception on September 6th.

Leica is also proud to support the next phase of Menuez’ Fearless Genius project: a documentary, TV series, immersive exhibits, apps and non-profit education program designed to inspire the next generation of innovators. Over 100 million people have been exposed to the project to date through worldwide exhibitions, talks, viral press and his book Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000, which started with Steve Jobs’ giving Menuez unprecedented access to capture his struggle to create the NeXT computer. Menuez continued documenting the greatest innovators over the course of 15 years, documenting history in the making as they built the technology that changed our world.

Menuez’s other work includes magazine coverage of news, sports, Hollywood, climate change, social issues and behind-the-scenes moments in American politics.

In this never-before-seen exhibit at Leica Gallery Los Angeles, his images show a new culture within technology.  They primarily document a college hackathon, where students competed to write the most elegant code, producing unique and disruptive innovations. Most notable, though, was the intent of these nuances: social good. “This mission might not seem like a major factor, but for anyone following tech, it is, in fact, a very big deal. It’s the return of the early values of Silicon Valley that drove the biggest breakthroughs: a better life for us all, using technology to get us there,” said Menuez.

“This work looks at the next generation of visionaries and entrepreneurs as they attempt to catch the next wave of technology and improve the world we live in,” says Menuez. It builds upon his previous work, further attempting to reveal the culture and daily lives of the secretive tribe of technologists working mightily to invent the items and nuances that change every aspect of human life.”

After many years of shooting privately with his Leica M camera, Menuez now shoots his commercial work exclusively with the Leica SL, joining the Leica family of photographers. Menuez shared: “The camera is the means to expressing your vision.  I’ve never fetish-ized cameras; they’re just a tool for taking pictures, but when I first held and shot this camera, my mind expanded,” said Menuez. “My whole life has been about documenting the human condition, the core of what we all share, and communicating that to an audience.  I needed a camera that enabled my mission with an intuitive and natural fit, and this is it.”

Doug Menuez’s Fearless Genius: The Next Generation will premiere on September 6th, 2017 at Leica Gallery Los Angeles. For more information, visit https://leicagalleryla.com/. For more information on Leica Akademie with Doug Menuez, visit http://leicaakademieusa.com.  For more on Doug Menuez and the Leica SL, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68fjM3-lwvw.

About The Leica Gallery Los Angeles

Opened in 2013, The Leica Gallery Los Angeles was created to celebrate Leica photography. The Gallery provides unparalleled access to a rotation of curated exhibits, with imagery captured by classic and contemporary Leica photographers. Beyond the exhibition space, the Gallery also boasts a 1,200 square foot outdoor patio lounge. This serves as an additional location for Leica Akademie workshops, where professional and amateur photographers learn new techniques and get unique perspectives from featured artists. The Leica Gallery Los Angeles is open seven days a week at 8783 Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. For additional information, including lists of current and upcoming exhibitions, please visit www.leicagalleryla.com.

About Leica Camera

Passion for creating perfect pictures. Leica represents a union of craftsmanship, design and experience. It is a beautiful collision of art and engineering, and the future of form and functionality. Leica Camera is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the supreme quality and performance of cameras and lenses, and the iconic images that artists and photojournalists everywhere captured with them. For more information about Leica visit www.leicacamerausa.com, or follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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