Florian Freier

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eye of god
cached landscapes
eye of god revisited
face detection
untitled snapchats
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the moving city
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"Revolving Poet - everybody is a poet now" rainbow hair filter
left: animated GIF and original artwork (published in mid 2016 via GIPHY.com)
right: Snapchat AR Filter released in april 2017

Summary: After almost one year and more than 350.000 views on GIPHY.com snapchat stole my design of the rainbow hair filter (the cheapest ever parody on all AR filters and an appreciation of Man Ray's visionary photography "The Poet" (1938)) to turn it into a real snapchat filter (which was actually the first one using their new hair detection technology). It looks great and I love to see that thousands of people around the world are now using my design!

So, instead of suing the company for copyright I wrote a script to download and print the images of everyone using my design. Also - as my original concept was published under a free creative commons license, it looks like the pics of everyone using the filter now actually get published under the same open license. Scroll down for more.


The original design was published as an animated GIF on GIPHY.com in August 2016. Until it was ripped by Snapchat into a real camera filter in April 2017 it had more than 350.000 views online.



Growing collection and ongoing project - All public snaps using the design are getting downloaded, printed and archived in paper.


"Revolving Poet - everybody is a poet now", raibow hair concept is based on Man Ray, The Poet, 1938, Silver gelatin print, 11,5 x 8 cm (view original at the collection of SFMOMA online)

Ultra-high res Man Ray original image file kindly provided by Collezione Campiani, Brescia IT and dadaclub.online. Published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Legal disclaimer: If you have used the rainbow hair filter and you are offended by your picture appearing on this page, please send a note and it will be removed from the collection. Also if you are happy to contribute your pic to the project, please just let me know via email.

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