“In 1985, the year that Steve Jobs was forced out of Apple, photographer Doug Menuez asked for access to document his new startup, NeXT, for a Life magazine piece on innovation in Silicon Valley,” Mike Moffitt reports for The San Francisco Chronicle.
“Jobs granted the request, and Menuez’s photo shoot turned into a three-year project photographing the NeXT’s team’s mission to build a supercomputer to transform education,” Moffitt reports. “But that was just the beginning. As Menuez writes: ‘Because Steve trusted me, so did the other leading innovators of Silicon Valley. I gained insider access to their secret labs, boardrooms, offices and homes for 15 years as they built the technology that shapes our world today. It was a time of extreme sacrifice, struggle and sublime creativity, and many paid a high price. There were divorces, ruined careers, billions made and then lost in tragic failure.'”
Moffitt reports, “The unprecedented access allowed Menuez to photograph the valley’s tech visionaries on their own turf — at work and play, often in unguarded moments — as the dot-com boom unfolded.”
See the photos in the full article here.
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