Well, there’s a first time for everything. This morning, my wife came across a picture posted on Crate & Barrel’s Facebook page, and thought it looked familiar. It turns out that they posted my picture titled “Green River” without my permission and without credit to me. They’ve since removed it, but I’m still trying to figure out the best way to address this, especially because I’m leaving for Europe later today… Either way, here’s the link to the photo on Flickr – http://flic.kr/p/7LHES4 – and I posted it below. I’ll follow up with the resolution to this conflict in the future, but in the mean time I’ll be in London and Paris! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
This isn’t a post specifically about one person’s photography as much as it is a post about what happened to one person’s photography. In a day and age where information is shared in real time over the internet and sometime it’s hard to track where your words, images, and thoughts end up, here’s a story that’s more-or-less a wakeup call to everyone. Whether or not you’re a photographer, this video is pretty interesting.
On his website, www.thestolenscream.com, Noam Galai, a Jewish photographer from New York, briefly recaps the story: “About two years after publishing photos of myself screaming on the Flickr, I discovered that my face was ‘for sale’ in several stores around the world, as well as on the Web and spotted it in places like Spain, Iran, Mexico, England and many other places. When I realized that its [sic] not a one-time-thing and my face is being used in so many places i decided to start collecting images/videos of all my ‘appearances’. Check out my Scream Blog where i post all the different photos i find with my face .”