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Photographer Recreates Last Meals of Death Row Inmates

Photographer Recreates Last Meals of Death Row Inmates


Food and lifestyle photographer Henry Hargreaves’ latest project shows photos of 12 death row inmates’ last meals

Ted Bundy's last meal (the traditional last meal, as he refused to give a special request), and other last meal photos are apart of this somewhat-gruesome photo series.

Kidnapper/murderer Victor Feguer asked for a single olive. Stephen Anderson, wanted for seven counts of murder, asked for two grilled cheese sandwiches and a pint of cottage cheese. Ted Bundy declined the traditional meal. The infamous last meals of 12 death row inmates are the subjects of photographer Henry Hargreaves’ haunting new photo series, entitled “No Seconds,” in which he recreated the last meal requests of executed criminals.

Hargreaves, who is also known for his other food-centric photo projects like “Deep-Fried Gadgets” (yes, he took photos of fried Apple projects), has received a mainly positive response from this controversial project. The photos themselves are colorful, and some evoke the familiarity of a family meal or a summer barbecue, which makes the project itself even spookier.

“To get yourself on death row you have to commit a huge massacre, or have terrible legal defense and that whole financial aspect shows itself with the last meal requests,” said Hargreaves. “Low income families have diets of fried food many times, and that’s what a lot of people want for their last meal. It’s also comfort food for your last moments.”


Photographer recreates last meals of death row inmates

Henry Hargreaves, of New Zealand, was fascinated with the last meals of death row inmates. He decided to recreate the last meals of some of the most infamous executed prisoners for a photo series he titles “No Seconds”

Henry and his friend cooked the meals, but had a hard time eating them. Not because of how eery the project was though.

It was kind of like going to a hospital and eating the lunch of someone who’s just been pronounced dead.

Henry first found interest in the last meals while he was reading about a campaign to abolish the last meal in Texas. As he researched it he felt that, through the food they ordered, he could identify with these people, for just a moment.

Honestly, I think if I found myself in that position, I don’t think I could eat anything. I can barely eat breakfast before an exam. If I was on death row, I think food would be the last thing on my mind.


Photographer recreates last meals of death row inmates in morbid photo series

Photographer Henry Hargreaves has released a series of harrowing photos recreating the last meals of death row inmates.

The series, showcased on website ayearofkilling.com, consists of 20 photos. They are the recreations of the final meals served to inmates from various US states like Texas, Florida and Alabama.

This is not the first time Hargreaves has done this. In 2011, his photo-series No Seconds, on the same subject, went viral.

Through these photos, the Brooklyn-based photographer wants to bring attention to the death penalty issue in the US. The website reads: Every year since the death penalty was reinstated in the United States in 1976, “the state” has executed an average of 47 people. One in nine inmates were freed from death row after new evidence of their innocence came to light. These images are full recreations of the final documented meals of individual inmates executed in 2016.”

“By continuing this theme here, he (Hargreaves) hopes to further highlight the frequency of these killings how long inmates spend on death row before their executions and how this whole practice can go on -- and with such conviction -- even when there’s great uncertainty around so many cases,” the description adds.

Here are some of the photos from the series:

Ribeye steak, baked potato with sour cream, asparagus, dinner rolls with butter, French onion soup, strawberries, pistachio ice cream, milk and apple juice served to 63-years-old from Georgia. (Henry Hargreaves/ayearofkilling.com) Medium pizza with sausage and pepperoni, chicken wings with Buffalo sauce and a large soda served to a 50-year-old from Georgia. (Henry Hargreaves/ayearofkilling.com) Meat pizza, steak and cheese calzone, stuffed Portobello mushroom, chef salad with ranch dressing and honey mustard dressing, and orange juice served to a 37-year-old from Georgia. (Henry Hargreaves/ayearofkilling.com) Beef soft tacos, salsa, Spanish rice, mixed greens, corn, refried beans, and flour tortillas, with a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink served to a 33-year-old from Texas. (Henry Hargreaves/ayearofkilling.com) Rib eye steak, medium rare a baked potato with butter and sour cream a salad made of iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomato baked garlic bread lemon meringue pie and a bottle of CocaCola served to a 53-year-old from Florida. (Henry Hargreaves/ayearofkilling.com) Fried chicken and french fries served to a 45-year-old from Alabama. Pepper steak with brown gravy, steamed rice, mixed greens, a vegetable blend, black eyed peas, sliced bread, chocolate cake with peanut butter icing, and a choice of water, tea, or punch to drink (believed to have drunk the punch) served to a 35-year-old from Texas. (Henry Hargreaves/ayearofkilling.com) 10 pieces of fried catfish, 10 hushpuppies, two triple deluxe hamburgers with bacon, two pints of vanilla ice cream and one sliced raw onion served to a 60-year-old from Georgia. (Henry Hargreaves/ayearofkilling.com)


Photographer recreates last meals of death row inmates

A US photographer has recreated the last meals of 23 inmates on death row in order to prompt a deeper understanding of capital punishment.

The death penalty remains a legal form of punishment in the United States and is currently used by 28 of the 50 states.

Each of the pictures staged and photographed by Jackie Black contains basic information about the inmates, alongside their last words.

CapeTalk's Sara-Jayne King spoke to her to find out why she decided to embark on the project.

Scroll to view the gallery:

I grew up in the south of the US where most of the executions in the country take place and news media would report on the last meals requested by inmates and that image stuck with me.

Jackie Black, Photographer

So why pictures of the inmate's last meals, rather than pictures of the inmates themselves?

It's a final kindness. It's a representation of nurture offered to this person about to be executed.

Jackie Black, Photographer

What happens with presenting a meal is that you're immediately captivated by the image. It's something we can all relate to.

Jackie Black, Photographer

Jackie says in selecting which prisoners and meals she would feature in the project she wanted to show a cross-section.

I was trying to get a diversity of people and foods.

Jackie Black, Photographer

At the time I did the project there were over 295 people to choose from.

Jackie Black, Photographer

Click below to find out more about Jackie Black's 'Last Meal' project as told to Sara-Jayne King:

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Adam Ward, 33, requested tacos, salsa, corn, mixed greens refried beans, and punch

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'State-sponsored executions [have] become increasingly problematic due to lack of access to effective drugs, clear racial and social [biases], and the human error of assigning blame,' he told BuzzFeed.

'The killings still go on at a rapid rate. I hope this helps better inform people about this practice,' he added.

While his last series pictured recreations of some famous executed prisoners' last meals — like Ted Bundy, who declined a 'special' meal and ate the traditional last meal of steak, eggs, hash browns, and toast — this series only looks at what prisoners ate in 2016.


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Photographer Henry Hargreaves, from New Zealand, has recreated the dishes scoffed by evil killers including Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and Timothy McVeigh.

He decided to focus his project on food served to death row prisoners after reading about the efforts to stop the &aposlast meal&apos tradition in Texas.

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On his website, he says: "In New Zealand, and in fact nearly anywhere 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, &aposhey we are going to kill you but what would you like to eat?&apos just jumped off the page.

"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."

Here are death row inmates last meals recreated by Henry :

Ted Bundy

In the 1970s, Bundy raped and murdered at least 36 young women in seven US states, bludgeoning them to death in particularly brutal fashion.

Described as a "sadistic sociopath", the charming and handsome necrophile sometimes decapitated his victims, keeping their heads as trophies.

He received three death sentences and died in the electric chair at Raiford Prison in Starke, Florida, on January 24, 1989, at the age of 43.

Bundy declined a &aposspecial&apos meal, so he was given the traditional serving of steak (medium rare), eggs, hash browns, toast with butter and jelly, milk and juice.

Victor Feguer

Soon after arriving in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1960, Feguer lured Dr Edward Bartels to his decrepit boarding house, claiming a woman needed medical attention.

When Dr Bartels arrived, Feguer kidnapped him and then killed him in Illinois, shooting him in the head, before dumping his body in a cornfield.

Police believe Feguer had been trying to obtain drugs from Dr Bartels.

On March 5, 1963, at the age of 28, he was put to death by hanging at the Iowa State Penitentiary at Fort Madison.

For his last meal, Feguer requested a single olive with the pit in it.

Just before he was buried, the olive stone was found in his suit pocket.

John Wayne Gacy

Dubbed the "Killer Clown" on account of his children&aposs party entertainer alter-ego, Gacy sexually assaulted and murdered 33 teenage boys and young men.

Active between 1972 and 1978 in Cook County, Illinois, his modus operandi was to lure his victims to his home where he would strangle them.

Convicted of 33 murders, he was sentenced to death for 12 of the killings and was executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center on May 10, 1994.

A former KFC restaurant manager, his last meal was suitably gluttonous.

Gacy, 52, who was a large chap, ordered 12 fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe KFC, French fries and a pound of strawberries.

Timothy McVeigh

Oklahoma City bomber McVeigh wasn&apost messing about with starters or mains - when it came to his last meal, he went straight to dessert.

The 33-year-old opted for two pints of mint and chocolate chip ice cream.

He was executed by lethal injection for killing 168 people by blowing up a truck outside a federal building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.

McVeigh, a Gulf War veteran, was seeking revenge against the federal government for its handling of the Waco siege and Ruby Ridge incident.

Ricky Ray Rector

Rector was either an eternal optimist or he just had a grisly sense of humour.

For his last meal, he ordered steak, fried chicken, Cherry Kool-Aid and pecan pie.

However, he left his dessert, apparently telling a guard he was saving it for later.

Rector, was executed by lethal injection on January 24, 1992, for the 1981 murder of police officer Robert Martin in Conway, Arkansas.

After killing a man in a nightclub, he had agreed to hand himself in, but instead shot Officer Martin in the back when he was negotiating his surrender.

He then shot himself in the head in a failed suicide attempt.

Stephen Anderson

Hitman Anderson kept things simple for his last meal, opting for two grilled cheese sandwiches, cottage cheese, corn, peach pie, chocolate chip ice cream and radishes.

A few short hours after, he was executed by lethal injection at California&aposs San Quentin State Prison on January 29, 2002, at the age of 48.

While serving time for burglary at Utah State Prison in the early 1970s, Anderson murdered an inmate, assaulted another and attacked a guard.

He also admitted to six contract killings in Las Vegas.

In November,1979, he escaped from prison and committed a contract killing in the eastern mountains of Salt Lake County, Utah.

He went on to shoot an 81-year-old woman dead during a burglary and was found by police sitting in her home watching TV and eating noodles.

Angel Nieves Diaz

He can&apost have been watching his weight, so it must have been the prospect of certain death that killed Nieves Diaz&aposs appetite.

The murderer and armed robber declined any sort of meal before he was executed by lethal injection - after a botched attempt - on December 13, 2006.

Nieves Diaz, from Puerto Rico, was convicted of shooting and killing a strip club manager in 1979 and sent to Florida State Prison.

The 55-year-old&aposs final statement was: "The state of Florida is killing an innocent person. The state of Florida is committing a crime, because I am innocent.

"The death penalty is not only a form of vengeance, but also a cowardly act by humans.

"I&aposm sorry for what is happening to me and my family who have been put through this."

Ronnie Lee Gardner

Surf and turf was on the menu for violent criminal Gardner who ordered lobster tail and steak for main course then apple pie and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

He also requested the Lord of the Rings trilogy to watch.

In October 1984, Gardner killed a man during a robbery in Utah.

While being transported to a court hearing in April 1985, he then shot dead attorney Michael Burdell in a failed attempt to escape.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment for the first incident and given the death penalty for the second.

On June 18, 2010, he was executed by firing squad at Utah State Prison.

Allen Lee &apostiny&apos Davis

Davis was nicknamed "Tiny" in an ironic nod to his considerable heft - so it&aposs no great surprise that his menu was a little on the heavy side.

He polished off lobster tail, friend potatoes, 8oz of fried shrimp, 6oz of fried clams and half a loaf of garlic bread, washing it down with a litre of root beer.

In May 1982, Davis killed Nancy Weiler in Jacksonville, Florida, beating her "beyond all recognition" with a handgun, hitting her at least 25 times.

He was also convicted of shooting dead her two daughters, aged nine and five.

When he was executed in the electric chair in July 1999, he bled profusely from his nose and suffered burns to his head, leg and groin area.

All subsequent executions in Florida have been by lethal injection.

Teresa Lewis

Lewis&apos last meal looked more like something off a children&aposs menu, consisting of fried chicken, peas with butter, apple pie and Dr Pepper.

She was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the murders of her husband and stepson in October 2002.

Lewis paid two men to kill her husband Julian Lewis and his son Charles.

Her plan was to profit from a $250,000 life insurance policy her stepson had taken out as a US Army reservist when he expected to be deployed to Iraq.

She was caught after trying to withdraw $50,000 from her husband&aposs account.

In September 2010, at the age of 41, she became the first woman to be executed by lethal injection in the state of Virginia.

Ferdinando Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti

Back in the 1920s, things were a lot simpler - including last meals.

Convicted killers Sacco and Vanzetti ate basic meal of soup, meat, toast and tea.

Italian-born US anarchists, they were convicted of murdering a guard and a paymaster during an armed robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts, in April 1920.

A jury took just a few hours to find them guilty and seven years later, they were executed in the electric chair at Charlestown State Prison.

In 1977, after years of further investigations, the Massachusetts Governor proclaimed that they had been unfairly tried and convicted.

He said that "any disgrace should be forever removed from their names", but he did not proclaim them innocent. The case remains open.

Ronnie Threadgill

Unfortunately for Threadgill, Texas abolished the last meal in 2011, so when he was put to death two years later, he was served the same food as every other inmate.

That meant his final feast consisted of baked chicken, mashed potatoes with country gravy, vegetables, sweet peas, bread, tea, water and punch.

In April 2001, Threadgill shot dead Dexter McDonald, who had just left a nightclub in Navarro County and got into a car.

He got into the car and drove off before stopping to dump McDonald&aposs body.

In July 2002, he was sentenced to death by lethal injection.

His final words, before he killed at the age of 40, were: "To my loved ones and my dear friends, I love y&aposall and appreciate y&aposall for being there.

"I am going to a better place. To all the guys back on the row, keep your heads up, keep fighting. I&aposm ready. Let&aposs go."


In pictures: Photographer recreates death row prisoners' last meals before they were executed

A photographer has recreated death row prisoners’ last meals before they were executed for a new picture collection.

A Year of Killing was compiled by Henry Hargreaves and depicts what prisoners – all of whom were executed in the US in 2016 – had to eat before they died.

For his online exhibition , Mr Hargreaves recreated inmates’ meals then photographed them from above.

The collection is a follow-up to his previous 2011 work, No Seconds, which chronicled the meals of death row prisoners over 40 years.

However, in his latest exhibition, all of the inmates included died this year.

Mr Hargreaves, 37, who is from New Zealand but lives in Brooklyn, New York, used prison records to recreate the meals, which range from pizza to steak and tacos to peanut butter cups.

In some cases, a prisoner will not make a special meal request, and simply eat whatever the facility serves up.

The collection details the last meal, as well as the name and age of the prisoner, the length of time they were on death row and the method used to kill them.

More than 1,400 inmates have been executed so far in 2016.

“I wanted to highlight the frequency of the killings and how long prisoners spend on death row before being executed,” Mr Hargreaves told Yahoo News UK.

"The last meal to me is such a surreal ritual, we are going to kill you but lets do something nice for you first…"

"I think food is a window into someone's mind. I don’t want to tell people what to think but for me understanding someone's food choices allows me to connect with them in a personal way.

"I just hope it makes people realise that this practice is a ‘normal’ part of the US justice system.

"It is not something that is reserved for just the most extreme circumstances but is practiced with such regularity that the media has almost become numb to reporting on it.”

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Inmates on death row are usually given the opportunity to choose one last meal.

But how many people are faced with this choice every year?

Photographer Henry Hargreaves decided to highlight how many US prisoners were killed in 2016 by photographing one of the last decisions they made in their lives, their last meal.

In his book series, called A Year of Killing, Hargreaves recreated the meals selected by prisoners across the states.

Henry, who is against the punishment, said his main hope is that the pictures will ‘educate people about the use of the death penalty’ – especially when many cases have ‘uncertainty’ around them.

Ranging from chicken and potatoes to chocolate and cake, here are the last meals of 2016’s prisoners on death row:

Oscar Ray Bollin Jr, 53, Florida: Serial killer – murdered three women. Spent 23 years on death row. Death by lethal injection January 2016.

  • Rib eye steak, medium rare, with a baked potato, butter and sour cream.
  • A salad made from iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomato.
  • Baked garlic bread.
  • Lemon meringue pie and a bottle of CocaCola.

Richard Masterson, 43, Texas: Strangulation. Spent 13 years on death row. Death by lethal injection January 2016.

  • Baked chicken and mashed potatoes with country gravy.
  • Carrots, black eyed peas, and sliced bread.
  • Had a choice of water, punch or tea to drink.

Christopher Brooks, 43, Alabama: Rape and murder. Spent 22 years on death row. Death by lethal injection January 2016.

James Freeman, 35, Texas: Shot dead game warden while poaching. Spent seven years on death row. Death by lethal injection January 2016.

  • Pepper steak with brown gravy and steamed rice.
  • Mixed greens, a vegetable blend, black eyed peas and sliced bread.
  • Chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.
  • Had a choice of water, punch or tea to drink.

Brandon Jones, 72, Georgia: Shot dead a shop keeper. Spent 36 years on death row. Death by lethal injection February 2016.

  • Refused choice of final meal so was given a standard issue menu:
  • Chicken and rice with rutabagas, seasoned turnip and greens.
  • Dry white beans, cornbread, bread pudding and fruit punch.

Travis Hittson, 45, Georgia: Murdered and dismembered a colleague. Spent 22 years on death row. Death by lethal injection February 2016.

  • Refused choice of final meal so was given a standard issue menu:
  • Meatloaf patties, brown gravy and mashed potatoes.
  • Peas, carrots, red beans and cornbread.
  • Bread pudding and orange juice.

Coy Westbrook, 58, Texas: Murder – Killed five, including ex-wife, in shooting rampage. Spent 17 years on death row. Death by lethal injection March 2016.

  • Baked chicken, mashed potatoes and country gravy.
  • Green beans, black eyed peas and sliced bread.
  • Mandarin orange cake and a choice of water, tea or punch.

Adam Ward, 33, Texas: Murder – Shot code enforcement officer. Spent eight years of death row. Death by lethal injection March 2016.

  • Beef soft tacos with salsa and Spanish rice.
  • Mixed greens, corn, refried beans and flour tortillas.
  • Had a choice of water, punch or tea to drink.

Joshua Bishop, 41, Georgia: Murder – Beat a man to death. Spent 20 years on death row. Death by lethal injection March 2016.

  • A barbecue sandwich with crisps and coleslaw.
  • Brunswick stew.
  • A glass of lemonade and some purple candy.

Pablo Vasquez, 38, Texas: Murder – Killed 12-year-old boy and drank his blood. Spent 17 years on death row. Death by lethal injection April 2016.

  • Salisbury steak, steamed rice and brown gravy.
  • A vegetable blend, sweet peas, ranch style beans and sliced bread.
  • Butterscotch brownies.
  • Had a choice of water, punch or tea to drink.

Kenneth Fults, 47, Georgia: Murder – Killed neighbour during burglary. Spent 18 years of death row. Death by lethal injection April 2016.

Daniel Lucas, 37, Georgia: Triple murder – Killed a dad and two children during burglary. Spent 16 years on death row. Death by lethal injection April 2016.

  • A meat pizza, a steak and cheese calzone and two stuffed Portobello mushrooms.
  • Chef salad with ranch dressing and extra honey mustard dressing.
  • Orange juice.

Earl Forrest, 66, Missouri: Triple murder – Shot dead two drug dealers and a sheriff’s deputy. Spent 11 years on death row. Death by lethal injection May 2016.

  • Steak with pasta, sliced tomatoes and cucumber.
  • A fruit plate and chocolate cake.
  • Milk.

John Conner, 60, Georgia: Murder – Beat friend to death. Spent 34 years on death row. Death by lethal injection July 2016.

  • 10 pieces of fried catfish, 10 hush puppies and two triple deluxe hamburgers with bacon.
  • One sliced raw onion.
  • Two pints of vanilla ice cream.

Barney Ronald Fuller Jr, 53, Texas: Murder – Shot neighbours. Spent 12 years on death row. Death by lethal injection October 2016.

  • Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes.
  • Green beans, pinto beans and sliced bread.
  • Pear crisp.
  • Had a choice of water, punch or tea to drink.

Gregory Paul Lawler, 63, Georgia: Murder – Shot police officer. Spent 16 years on death row. Death by lethal injection October 2016.

  • Ribeye steak and a baked potato with sour cream.
  • Asparagus, dinner rolls with butter and French onion soup.
  • Strawberries and pistachio ice cream.
  • Milk and apple juice.

Steven Frederick Spears, 54, Georgia: Murder – killed ex-girlfriend. Spent 15 years on death row. Death by lethal injection November 2016.

William Cary Sallie, 50, Georgia: Murder and rape – Killed ex-wife’s father and kidnapped her and her sister, raping them repeatedly. Spent 26 years on death row. Death by lethal injection December 2016.

  • One medium pizza with sausage and pepperoni.
  • Chicken wings with Buffalo sauce.
  • A large soda.

Ronald Bert Smith Jr, 45, Alabama: Murder – Shot dead shop worker. Spent 22 years on death row. Death by lethal injection December 2016.


Killer Meals: Re-Creations of Death Row Diners' Final Feasts

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Newsflash, foodie photog: That Instagram image of your latest dinnertime indulgence did not capture a truly killer meal.

At least not when compared to the captivating images in Henry Hargreaves' No Seconds, a series of 10 stark photographs that re-create the last repasts of condemned prisoners.

"You can't gain access to the prisons and there is no imagery available of the real thing, so I had to create them," Hargreaves told Wired of the faux documentary photos. "I have no idea how they serve them their meals – plastic plates or cutlery? – if there is any love put into them or what they eat them on. So these scenarios are imagined as I created them."

Hargreaves said he began the project after reading about efforts in Texas to end the tradition of offering condemned prisoners an elaborate final meal. (Texas officials pulled the plug on the custom last year after murderer Lawrence Russell Brewer ordered an elaborate last supper – barbecue, chicken-fried steaks, fried okra, three fajitas, a bacon cheeseburger and a pizza, followed by ice cream and peanut butter fudge – then apparently lost his appetite ahead of his date with a lethal injection.)

"Anywhere else in the developed world, the death penalty is just not even in the conversation," said Hargreaves, a 33-year-old photog who hails from New Zealand and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. "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. I thought it could be a really interesting idea to try to represent visually."

After some Wikipedia research into the final culinary requests of murderers, rapists and other Death Row inmates, Hargreaves and a chef friend set out to relive those final chilling moments. They cooked and plated the meals, pairing the food with simple place settings. Then the photographer climbed a shaky ladder in his New York apartment and shot the captivating images you see above. (Surprisingly, Hargreaves isn't the only photographer to re-create such grim menus: In Today's Special, Julia Ziegler-Haynes focused on the same subject, even choosing some of the identical last meals.)

Hargreaves has just finished some less-serious work – including Game Over!, a series of monochromatic images based on games from his childhood, and a book called 3DD, which he describes on his website as "boobs in 3-D" – but he's also done his share of food-oriented commercial work for restaurants and magazines. And he's done plenty of more whimsical work based on food, including The Jello-O Presidents, Bacon Alphabet and Food of the Rainbow. (Hell, he even shot Deep Fried Gadgets, which Wired wrote about earlier this year.)

Still, No Seconds gave Hargreaves unusual insight into state-sponsored death – which he called the "most unnatural moment there is."

"Most people order fried food, or ɼomfort food' – that notion was pretty chilly," Hargreaves said of the inmates' final meals. "Then ones like the single olive were spooky, as you're left wondering if there was an intended message behind this."


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