This Photographer Photographs The Last Meals Of Death-Row Inmates

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If you’ve ever watched a TV show or movie where a death-row inmate is about to be executed, they are always asked what they would like as their last meal. There are boundless theories as to why this is standard practice. Some even think it has to do with the Last Supper which was the last meal that Jesus had with his disciples.
New Zealand-based artist Henry Hargreaves decided to recreate and photograph the final meals of prisoners who were executed. It’s actually quite interesting to see what each prisoner requested. And some even rejected the meal.
Hargreaves enlisted the help of a chef to prepare the meals. But Hargreaves admits he had trouble eating the meals afterward. “It was kind of like going to a hospital and eating the lunch of someone who’s just been pronounced dead,” said Hargreaves.
Why did Hargreaves do the project in the first place? “While I was reading about efforts to stop the Last Meal tradition in Texas it sparked my interest,” he wrote. “In the most unnatural moment there is (state sponsored death) what kind of requests for food had been made?”
In the finished project, Hargreaves photographed the final meal and then to added the details of who the prisoner was, what they were convicted of and their exact meal request.
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