About: Dinah Berland

I am a senior editor at Getty Publications and a published poet with a background in photography. Because of my lifelong passion for civil rights, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to edit Leonard Freed’s book This Is the Day: The March on Washington.

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Getty Voices: Photographing the Dream

Group of black and white marchers holding hands at the March on Washington
Leonard Freed, Untitled, from March on Washington series, 1963. © Estate of Leonard Freed-Magnum Photos (Brigitte Freed)

The book This Is the Day brings to light Leonard Freed’s powerful photographic vision of the 1963 March on Washington. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Warnings to the Rich & Powerful

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      It would be awesome if this was Medieval hangman, or a really awkward frat party, but it’s actually the result of a one-letter swap gone wrong in a book about the fates of the rich. 

      Here’s the full story:

      You sometimes regret what pops out unexpectedly when you open your mouth, but in this case, even the fish must have been quite surprised when a wooly lamb burst forth. 

      The stories in this text by Giovanni Boccaccio warn of the terrible fate that often awaits the rich and powerful. He uses here the example of King Polycrates, who tossed a ring into a river, hoping for good luck, and found it later in the mouth of a fish. 

      Someone got confused, though, and instead of a ring (in French, annel), what came out instead was a lamb (agnel). Apparently, neither the ring nor the lamb worked because the king was later hanged (background).

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      08/31/15

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