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Photographer Recreates Final Meals Of Famous Death Row Inmates

For states that still invoke the death penalty, most still provide death row inmates with 'last meal' requests. They can pick whatever they want, knowing it's the last meal they'll eat before they are put to death.

New Zealand photographer, Henry Hargreaves, was reading about the efforts to stop the Last Meal Tradition in Texas when he became interested in what kind of requests had actually been made.

"In New Zealand (where I'm from), and in fact nearly any where else in the developed world, the Death Penalty is just not even in the conversation. It is a remnant of an earlier era. This little bit of civility, "hey we are going to kill you but what would you like to eat?" just jumped off the page," he said. "I felt it could be a really interesting idea to try to represent visually. Researching this topic strangely personalized these people for me and for a moment was able to identify with them through the common denominator of food."

Of course, there aren't any actual pictures of the last meals, but he found a published public record of the most recent ones and decided to recreate them.

"You don't know if they're being served on china plates, or plastic, or eating on their laps, or at a wooden table, so I tried to explore all these variations."

Here are his pictures. They're actually pretty cool!

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