Noam Galai

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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. In January 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 work with celebrities, musicians and politicians in the studio and on live events.[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] In March 2016 Noam Galai's photograph of Donald Trump was used for the cover of Time Magazine.[5]

He currently works with Getty Images[6] and AOL.[7]

The Stolen Scream on a shirt

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.[8][9][10] Companies also misappropriated the use of his face for financial gain, selling T-shirts, books, magazines, and other paraphernalia.[11][12][13] This story was used by news outlets and college textbooks[14] to exemplify the growing debate between the dissemination of intellectual property online and copyright issues.[15][16] 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. ^ "In the Latest Issue". Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  6. ^ "What it's like to work backstage at the Global Citizen Festival • Stories and Trends | Getty Images". Getty Images - Stories and Trends. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  7. ^ "The Stolen Scream". Retrieved 2011-06-03.
  8. ^ "The Shout Heard Round The World". American Photo Magazine. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  9. ^ "Israeli's portrait travels from NYC to Tehran". Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  10. ^ "The Man Behind the Scream: Noam Galai". Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  11. ^ "He became the face of revolution - because his picture was stolen". MSNBC. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
  12. ^ "The Photograph That Became an Unintentional Cultural Icon". Retrieved 2011-03-09.
  13. ^ "Networks are not always revolutionary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
  14. ^ Emerging: Contemporary Readings for Writers (3 ed.). Bedford/St. Martin's. 2015-11-13. ISBN 9781457697968.
  15. ^ "The Future of Photo Sharing". Chase Jarvis LIVE. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  16. ^ "Noam Galai – Beyond the Scream". Retrieved 2013-03-13.

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