Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Last Meals on Death Row

London photographer James Reynolds has documented the prison trays holding final meals of former death row inmates for years now. He created a collection of photos replicating the ones used in various maximum security prisons. The collection were to be called "Last Suppers."



Eddie Lee Mays, Robbery/Murder, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, New York, 1963

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Jackie Barron Wilson, Rape/Murder, Texas State Penitentiary, Texas, 2006

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Victor Feguer, Murder, Iowa State Penitentiary, Iowa, 1963; Feguer was the last inmate put to death before the U.S. placed a moratorium on capital punishment in the 1960s.

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John Wayne Gacy, aka the Killer Clown, Rape/Murder, Stateville Correctional Center, Illinois, 1994

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Louis Jones Jr., Kidnap/Rape/Murder, Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex, Indiana, 2003

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Gary Mark Gilmore, Robbery/Murder, Utah State Prison, Utah, 1977; Gilmore was the first man put to death after the U.S. reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

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Thomas Treshawn Ivey, Murder, Broad River Correctional Institution, South Carolina, 2006

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James Hudson, Murder, Greensville Correctional Center, Virginia, 2004

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Lewis Gilbert, Murder, Oklahoma State Penitentiary, Oklahoma, 2003

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"I’d like to think that the photographs make the viewer think, what thought that is, I am not sure, as I myself had more thoughts the more I looked at them. What would my last meal be? What kind of people were these prisoners? Why did they choose that particular meal? What crime did they commit?" - James Reynolds


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