Noam Galai

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The Stolen Scream on a shirt

Noam Galai (born September 9, 1984 in Jerusalem)[1] is an Israeli photographer based in New York City. He is best known for his case of global intellectual property theft of his iconic scream images.[2]


Noam Galai started taking pictures professionally when he served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), and then in 2005 began photographing for Maccabi Tel-Aviv Basketball Club. Early in 2006 Noam moved to New York City and pursued his photography career. He continued shooting sports, photographing mainly NBA, WNBA, and Euroleague events; He moved on to shoot numerous celebrities, musicians and politicians.[3] He works as a personal photographer for Carly Rose Sonenclar, Miri Ben-Ari and Alice Tan Ridley. In 2011 a photo of New York City taken by Noam was Chosen by LIFE Magazine as one of the best photos of the year.[4] He currently works at AOL.[5]

The Stolen Scream[edit]

In February 2006, Noam took a series of self-portrait images showing himself screaming and posted them online to a photo sharing website. His screaming self-portraits gained popularity, and artists used the self-portraits as inspiration for their own art. Unbeknownst to Noam, his image was used as a symbol of civil unrest appearing on posters and graffiti in many countries such as Iran, Spain, Argentina, Egypt and Honduras.[6][7][8] Companies also misappropriated the use of his face for financial gain, selling t-shirts, books, magazines, and other paraphernalia.[9][10][11] This story was used by news outlets to exemplify the growing debate between the dissemination of intellectual property online and copyright issues.[12][13] As the story gained notoriety Noam received recognition as the man behind the face of "The Stolen Scream".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The primal scream". Frankfurter Rundschau. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  2. ^ "6 People Who Had No Clue Their Faces Were World-Famous". Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Foto divulgada na internet vira símbolo de rebeldia e inspira artistas". Globo News. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  4. ^ "2011 Pictures Of The Year". LIFE Magazine. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  5. ^ "The Stolen Scream". Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  6. ^ "The Shout Heard Round The World". American Photo Magazine. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  7. ^ "Israeli's portrait travels from NYC to Tehran". Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  8. ^ "The Man Behind the Scream: Noam Galai". Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  9. ^ "He became the face of revolution - because his picture was stolen". MSNBC. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  10. ^ "The Photograph That Became an Unintentional Cultural Icon". Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  11. ^ "Networks are not always revolutionary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  12. ^ "The Future of Photo Sharing". Chase Jarvis LIVE. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  13. ^ "Noam Galai – Beyond the Scream". Retrieved 2013-03-13. 

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