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12 Pictures Of Death Row Prisoners' Last Meals

Photographer Henry Hargreaves re-created them for his series No Seconds.

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1. In an interview by Giorgia Zardetto for the show's catalog, Henry says: "When I first came across all the requests, I found it to be such a fascinating insight into the minds of these soon-to-be executed individuals."

2. "As I read the requests, I began to imagine these prisoners as people and not just numbers. The story became much more real in my mind and I wanted to represent this visually."


3. "Our culinary choices often say something about us that we sometimes cannot articulate easily. One of the trends with last meals was the amount of fried or comfort food."


9. Victor Feguer, who was hanged in 1963 for kidnap and murder, asked for a single olive. He reportedly thought it might grow into an olive tree from inside his body and hoped it would make use of him as a symbol of peace.

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Henry says: "I think the religious angle poses a big juxtaposition. Most of the states that continue to practice the death penalty are in the American 'Bible Belt' and the Bible preaches forgiveness, whereas this penalty stands in total contrast to this belief."

11. Henry says: "As much as I think it's a strange ritual, I think it's worse to have reversed this age-old ritual. I'm sure there was more money spent in creating the legislation than will be saved."


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