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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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

      12/19/14

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