Noam Galai (born September 9, 1984 in Jerusalem) 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.
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. 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. He currently works at AOL.
The Stolen Scream
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. Companies also misappropriated the use of his face for financial gain, selling t-shirts, books, magazines, and other paraphernalia. This story was used by news outlets to exemplify the growing debate between the dissemination of intellectual property online and copyright issues. As the story gained notoriety Noam received recognition as the man behind the face of "The Stolen Scream".
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