Can I add a photo?

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My deceased great aunt was an actress and there is an IMDb profile for her. However, there are no profile pictures of her. How can I add the original head shots I have of her?
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Tanya Field

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Libby Drew

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Hi Tanya, I am in the exact same position as you! My great uncle was an actor in New York in the 1920s and appeared in a handful of films. He has a profile on IMDb and I would so love to add some photos to his profile. I have a wonderful head shot and some incredible original film stills that have probably never been seen before. Yet to do so I have to pay $150 a year for a Pro account!

I understand current actors/crew should pay to keep their own accounts updated, but there should be an exemption for those of us trying to add historically important data to the accounts of long-deceased film professionals. We are clearly not trying to further their careers!

IMDb - can you respond to this dilemma?
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I have the exact same situation.  I even have some of the clothing which he was wearing in the photos.  Is there any way I can add photos of him in the movie "The Unknown" with Lon Chaney Sr.  This photo is a cutout from 8x10 which as you can see is in pretty good condition for an almost 100 year photo.  Thats him with his hand on the rail
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Tanya Field

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Wow! I didn't get that far into my quest to add photos. $150?!? That's ridiculous! I agree with you. Historical additions should be given a pass. My aunts career , as well as her life, is long since over and I'm sure no one in the family is receiving any residuals from any of her work. We would just like her to be immortalized with proper photos. I have an amazing headshot of my aunt and several images of her in character costumes. It's sad IMDb is only in it for the money and not historical accuracy.
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To be honest, there is more then one way to add photographs on IMDb. Most of the late actors have some photos because such were uploaded through IMDb Title Scorecard. It is a free service, which requires subscription for a production company or distributor. So, some additional way could be: getting in touch with the current distributor of the movies and ask them to add the photograph or... Well, make a documentary of some sort, use these photographs and then just add them through Title Scorecard after adding a title.   
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Thanks Nikolay, I'll look into your first suggestion. It's worth a try! However, some of the films he was in I think are lost, so they won't have a distributor! I just wish IMDb would make an exception for this kind of situation, my relative has been dead for 93 years!
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Maybe if you post the link to your relatives name on IMDb someone can have a look and advise further. You never know there may be an answer out there for you.
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Libby Drew

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Tanya, I've just requested to join a very active silent film group on Facebook. I think I'll upload all the info and photos there to begin with. Perhaps other members will have suggestions on where else I can submit them. Perhaps you could join too, I'd love to see your great aunt's photo!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2204605501/

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I`m in the same position Libby,my late mother actress/model Marianne Burwood has a profile on here but only one photo and I`d like to add another one or two...Did you find a way to do it without paying any annual fees etc?
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Mike,
Please start a new post.
Put in the same description, minus the "Libby" part.
Thanks.

Ed
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Libby Drew

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Here's my great great uncle's profile:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0750769/?ref_=nv_sr_3

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If only IMDb would start to make exceptions for issues like these raised on this very board. Obviously, the service still wouldn't be good enough because it should be available for all family members, not just the ones asking on GetSat, but at least some deceased people in the database would get the respect (and picture) they deserve and the users of the database would get the more complete database they deserve.
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I strongly believe there are more "Idea"-threads like this, but you can vote for this idea here: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/deceased-people-without-photos

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IMDb GS could / should merge all the "Can I add a photo?" messages ? ?
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Marco

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Not all "can I add a photo" messages, but IMDb should really take to heart the messages in which someone asks for a photo for a deceased person: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/new/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search%5Bkeywords%5D=deceased+...

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IMDb could charge a small one-time fee to add a deceased family member foto
without a Pro membership and keep it on the Name page

This could be a Plus as more interesting info to add to their Db

Little strange that IMDb requires payment for a Pro account
for users to add info here
This is less work for IMDb staff to add this info
which 99% is done by Volunteer contributors ?
and IMDb collects tons of ad money to publish this !
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IMDb could charge a small one-time fee to add a deceased family member foto without a Pro membership and keep it on the Name page

It should be free, as it used to be in the past when IMDb had the Family Tribute Waiver. These photos provide a great value to the database and, in quite some cases, these photos are hard to come by, especially for non-well known people.
Apart from that, I don't think there are that many cases of these per month, so I don't think the money IMDb could gain from this is substantial.