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The New York Times has had two terrific front-page photos this week. On Tuesday, November 28, the paper led with James Estrin’s shot of Mayor Michael Bloomberg literally reaching out to the Reverend Al Sharpton in the wake of the controversial killing of a black bridegroom by city cops. The picture sums up the politics of the situation succinctly and perfectly—such a rarity.

Then on Friday, December 1, came Lynsey Addario’s photo of five-year-old Menja Rahamtanirima of Sambava, Madagascar, with her mother and baby brother. The picture illustrated an article on how sexual abuse of girls often go unpunished in Africa. Menja had accused her uncle of brutally abusing her, but he was not prosecuted. A meaningful story and a meaningful image.
—David Schonauer