fairey poster photo source?

After seeing an article about someone purportedly discovering the original photo source for Shepard Fairey's now-famous poster, I did a little digging myself and think they're wrong. The image I found on this site, seems to me to be a much better match.




Particularly note the eyes.


  • Sage Ross 6y

    I think you're right. Interesting, since the other one has been accepted as the source by a Reuters photo blog and other media.
  • tomgralish 6y

    I got a couple other comments on my blog about this photo.


    It looks pretty good. Even the shadow on the collar is the same.

    I am in Washington covering the Inauguration, but as soon as I get free will look into this more.

    Please let me know if either of you, or anyone else finds the source.

    Thanks and great detective work!

    Tom Gralish
    The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Darran Gange 6y

    Great discovery man! I think this is an AP photo, that's what I could discover through a TinEye search anyway.

    Pitty so much has been poured into that alternate theory!
  • stefyania 6y

  • stevesimula 6y

    Wow, pseudowhis, that TinEye is great! And you're right it looks like it's AP. Thanks for the tip on that one.

    Huh... Yeah, looks like that daily beast blogger guy jumped into his Reuters/exhibit thingy just a little to quickly, eh? Oops!
  • John W. MacDonald 6y

    excellent sourcing. "All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best."
  • Sage Ross 6y

    Tom Gralish turned up a version of the file with metadata, so now the photographer and date are known:
  • stevesimula 6y

    Yeah, ragesoss, he told me about that... cool that he found the photog.
  • Michael Cramer 6y

    You definitely found the right one. My match was close, but you got it spot on. Congrats.
  • stevesimula 6y

    Hey, Mike, yeah, well yours was pretty damn close.

    Perhaps I had the added benefit of being a portrait artist myself. When I saw the thing about "flipping' the image, I thought, no way would a portrait artist flip a subject. Likeness goes out the window.
  • Sage Ross 6y

    stevesimula, I'd love to use this in the Wikipedia article, if you'd be willing to release it under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike or Creative Commons Attribution license.

  • stevesimula 6y

    ragesoss, sure you're welcome to it.
  • Sage Ross 6y

    Thanks! It's in the article now.
  • Lenny Campello 6y

    Terrific work! I'm going to write about it right now and link to this page...

  • Lenny Campello 6y

    By the way... excellent detective work!
  • leila 6y

    Hey stevesimula: awesome work. You certainly don't need TinEye! You have an eagle eye. We did a bit of work using our image recognition technologies to confirm your finding: you are bang on.
  • Alexandre MODESTO 6y

    Yes we can ? :)
  • stevesimula 6y

    Hey Leila... Thanks.

    What you did on your post was what I wanted to do (create a rollover image thingy to present my findings) but I was lazy and just did a sequence. Nice stuff...
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