The Stolen Scream

Posted on 3/29/2011 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

About two years after publishing on Flickr photos of himself screaming, Noam Galai discovered that his face was ‘for sale’ in several stores around the world, as well as on the Web. The image was spotted in Spain, Iran, Mexico, England and many other places. When he realized that it was not a one-time-thing he decided to start collecting images/videos of all his ‘appearances’. Check out his Scream Blog where he posts all the different photos and products he can find with his face . 

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  • David Sanger Posted Mar 29, 2011
    There's an excellent writeup on the whole episode by his cousin

    The image was also the subject of a lengthy discussion by photographers on Chase Jarvis's blog. Almost all were indignant the image had been used without permission.

    However Naim himself seems to be less upset:

    "He’s irked, it’s true, that someone in London is selling a T-shirt with his face on it for the equivalent of $40—but that aside, he feels a bit like he’s hit the jackpot. “If you do something cool,” he says, “you want people to see it. Maybe it’s not organized,” he says, “but it’s good.”

    He's heavily promoting his photography on his website plus his Facebook page

    and selling products as well

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