Doug Menuez: Documenting Silicon Valley 1985-2000

A remarkable, yet ‘quiet’ revolution was unfolding in the mid 80s in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA – a singular era that would radically change communications, cultures and ways of being in the connected, wired (and wireless) world. By then, I was just beginning to enjoy my computer classes in school, cracking acronyms like RAM and ROM and keying away in the BASIC language. On the other side of the planet, over a period of fifteen years, American photographer Doug Menuez stepped into the ideas rooms, work-spaces, group meetings, pep-talks, lunch and launch huddles inhabited by late twentieth century technology tribesmen and tribeswomen, who cumulatively, in their own ways, wanted to change the world. And, they did. In training his lenses on the likes of Steve Jobs at NeXT, John Sculley at Apple, John Warnock at Adobe, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove at Intel, Bill Joy at Sun Microsystems, Bill Gates at Microsoft, and Marc Andreessen at Netscape (among many others), Munuez remained an observant, insightful and privileged witness to a very significant period in human technological, design and engineering innovation, and mapped the key architects and soldiers who laid the foundations of what will be later dubbed ‘Silicon Valley‘. In recognizing the archival importance of his project, Stanford University Library acquired his images ten years ago. Take a look.

Steve Jobs and NeXT Employee Picnic, Santa Cruz, California,1987

NeXT Factory, Board of Directors Luncheon, Fremont, California, 1986

“Geek Sex”, Adobe Systems, Mountain View, California, 1991

Artist David Hockney rests during the first Photoshop invitational. Mountain View, California, 1990

Sun Microsystems, Santa Clara, 1992

Chuck Geshke and John Warnock – Adobe Founders, Mountain View, 1988

John Sculley, Apple, at Fremont, California, 1990

Dog and Meeting, Autodesk, San Rafael, California, 1995

Susan Kare, ‘iconographer’, at NeXT Inc., Napa Valley, 1987

NeXT Computer, Palo Alto, California, 1985

Apple Computer, home of Steve Capps, San Carlos, California, 1992

LAM Computer, 1990

Steve Jobs, Redwood City, California, 1988

Bill Gates, Microsoft, at Agenda ’92, Laguna Niguel, California, 1992


All photographs © Doug Menuez / Contour by Getty Images / Stanford University Libraries

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