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Sir Stirling Moss and The Blonde – The Sequel

So, those of you (and there were a great many) who read my previous post about the Stirling Moss and the Blonde stolen picture may well be wondering what on earth happened after the dust settled. Well here’s the story…

Edit – In response to many requests, you can now buy a large format, high quality print of the famous shot online. Measuring 42cm x 29.5 cm and shipped in a strong cardboard tube, the dimensions are a popular size for framing, whether you want a budget Ikea frame or a bespoke high quality finish. NOTE – The image you will see when you order carries a water mark. The final print DOES NOT have the watermark visible, just the discrete border and title at the bottom margin. Click the link here to order

Within hours of the post going live UK time, Jalopnik in the USA were in my inbox with a big apology. My first thoughts were, “Here we go, another cut n paste, boiler plate response”. But no, this was from Jalopnik editor Ray Wert with some interesting info. It seems that Jalopnik know full well how Flickr works. And indeed how copyright and intellectual property works. You see, they’d seen the image on Flickr, with All Rights Reserved on it. And indeed, they contacted the owner of the Flickr image page, believing he had the rights to the image, Ray asked for permission. And it was forthcoming….

Yes, it's my image....

So Jalopnik, quite rightly, thought that they were publishing totally within the law and showcasing what they thought was a great shot, giving credit to the great Mr Galanos. Only, of course unknown to them, they were getting stolen goods.

The second interesting part of the story is that several other photographers contacted me with tales of similar experience with Mr Galanos and his liberal attitude to other people’s work. They also had issues with him and had to contact Flickr to get him pulled into line. So if you’re a photographer, you might like to check out his feed and see if there’s anything there belonging to you.

As for Jalonilk, like me, they seem to be glass half full guys. Editor Ray came up with an offer to run the image again, this time with a fully paid up article from me telling the real story of the picture that day, the bright red 250F Maser, the gorgeous blonde, the sunshine and Sir Stirling.

I’ll drink to that…

11 Responses to Sir Stirling Moss and The Blonde – The Sequel

  1. Mark March 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Great result

  2. Peter March 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    But who was the blonde?

  3. Jonathan March 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Is there any way I could get a full res or where I can obtain one?

    I’m jonesing to get a print and frame it and hang it in the man-cave.


  4. Neill March 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Hi @Jonathan,

    Send me a quick email contact and I’ll get right back to you. Glad you like the shot.

    @Peter Sadly, I don’t know her name, so don’t even go there if you’re wondering about a phone number… :-)

  5. William Zitser March 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    I am also interested in buying a print to frame on my wall. My email is wzitser at gmail dot com

    Thank you Neil, amazing photo!

  6. Nick March 30, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    Fantastic shot, I read the article on Jalopnik and made my way over here to find out how to get a print for my Man-Cave as well! Please let me know what you can offer!
    mangsen [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. Neill Watson May 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Just a quick heads up for those who ordered a print. Looks like there may have been a slight delay, due to a computer glitch at Photoshelter. Their tech guys have sorted it now, so all those who ordered a copy will have theirs in the next 5 days or so

    • Scott Madsen September 18, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      I can’t find where to order a print of this image on your website. I would love to purchase a print but need it shipped to me before September 23rd. Please email me and let me know if this is possible. My email is blackthornellc [at] gmail [dot] com.


  8. Neill Watson October 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    New link to order your copy of the Stirling Moss print. Now available as a limited edition of just fifty, signed by Sir Stirling Moss himself.


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