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Today’s Sunday New York Times featured an engaging story on page one–about a man falsely convicted of rape and murder who spent 16 years in prison before being exonerated by DNA evidence. The man, Jeffrey Mark Descovik, was put behind bars at age 17, and, as writer Fernanda Santos points out, he never matured within a normal social context. New his life on the outside, in the hustle and bustle of New York City, is a non-stop learning experience. The article is wonderfully brought to life with a photo taken by James Estrin. The photo was taken aboard a subway train, where life in New York can be seen at its most florid. In this decisive moment, which Estrin composed perfectly, we see Descovik taking shelter from the crowd at left. In the foreground, a couple stares at him. In back of the couple, just visible, is another couple, kissing. Wow.
–David Schonauer