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Henry Hargreaves

In his "No Seconds" series, photographer Henry Hargreaves catches the haunting pictures of death row inmates" last enjoy the meal requests. He believes food choices speak volumes around a person"s character and personality in any kind of setting. Death row selections are an extremely powerful example of the theory.

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Victor Feguer was put to death in Iowa through hanging at the period of 28. He was sentenced to death for kidnapping and also murder. Because that his critical meal, Feguer asked for a solitary olive v the pit in it.

Of every his "No Seconds" photos, Hargreaves says this is his favorite.

"It"s simply such a polarizing image. We think around last meals, and is that something that"s going come be totally gluttonous, and also then that just has actually a solitary olive," Hargreaves says. "You know, it"s so simple, beautiful and kind of final. It"s choose a complete stop at the end of his life."


John Wayne Gacy

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Henry Hargreaves

John Wayne Gacy was put to death in Illinois by lethal injection at the period of 52. He was sentenced to fatality for rape and 33 counts the murder. Because that his critical meal, Gacy requested 12 fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe KFC, french fries, and also a pound of strawberries.

Prior to gift convicted, Gacy regulated three KFC restaurants.


Timothy McVeigh

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Henry Hargreaves

Timothy McVeigh, the American terror behind the Oklahoma City bombing, was put to fatality in Indiana through lethal injection in ~ the period of 33. He to be sentenced to fatality for 168 counts the murder.

For his critical meal, McVeigh asked for two pints of mint cacao chip ice cream.


Ricky beam Rector

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Henry Hargreaves

was placed to fatality in Arkansas by lethal injection at the period of 42. He was sentenced to fatality for two counts of murder.

For his critical meal, Rector - holy spirit incapacitated during his time on death row, his defense team said - requested steak, fried chicken, cherry Kool-Aid, and pecan pie. The left the pecan pie behind, though, telling a guard the he was "saving it because that later."


Stephen Anderson

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Henry Hargreaves

Stephen Anderson was put to death in California through lethal injection at the age of 49. He was sentenced to death for burglary, assault, 7 counts that murder, and escaping indigenous prison.

For his last meal, Anderson asked for two grilled cheese sandwiches, a pint of cottage cheese, a hominy/corn mixture, peach pie, chocolate chip ice cream cream, and also radishes.


Angel Nieves Diaz

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Henry Hargreaves

Angel Nieves Diaz was placed to fatality in Florida by lethal injection at the period of 55. He was sentenced to fatality for murder, kidnapping, and armed robbery.

Diaz declined a critical meal, for this reason he was offered the constant prison meal, i m sorry he declined to eat together well.


Ronnie Lee Gardner

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Henry Hargreaves

Ronnie Lee Gardner was put to death in Utah through firing formation at the period of 49. He was sentenced to death for burglary, robbery, and also two counts that murder.

For his last meal, Gardner requested steak, a lobster tail, to apologize pie, vanilla ice cream, and to eat it all while the town hall the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.


Ted Bundy

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Henry Hargreaves

Ted Bundy, one of the most infamous serial killers in American history, was placed to fatality in Florida by electric chair in ~ the period of 43. He was sentenced to death for rape, necrophilia, jail escape, and an ext than 35 counts that murder.

Bundy declined a unique meal, for this reason was provided the classic last meal: steak cook medium-rare, eggs over easy, hash browns, toast v butter and jelly, milk, and juice.


Allen Lee "Tiny" Davis

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Henry Hargreaves

Allen Lee "Tiny" Davis was placed to fatality in Florida by electric chair in ~ the age of 54. He to be sentenced to fatality for robbery and three counts that murder.

For his critical meal, Davis requested lobster tail, fried potatoes, half a pound of fried shrimp, six ounces the fried clams, half a bread of garlic bread, and 32 ounces that A&W root beer.


Teresa Lewis

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Henry Hargreaves

Teresa Lewis was placed to death in Virginia by lethal injection at the age of 41. She was sentenced to fatality for murder, conspiracy, and also robbery.

For her last meal, Lewis asked for fried chicken, peas with butter, apologize pie, and also a Dr Pepper.


Sacco & Vanzetti

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Henry Hargreaves

Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were placed to fatality in Massachusetts by electric chair in ~ the ages of 36 and 39, respectively. They were sentenced to fatality on two counts of murder. For your last meals, Sacco and also Vanzetti requested soup, tea, meat, and toast.

In 1977, the governor of Massachusetts authorize a explain saying that they had actually been unfair tried and convicted. The instance has to be open ever before since.


Ronnie Threadgill

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Henry Hargreaves

Ronnie Threadgill was put to death in Texas by lethal injection in ~ the period of 40. He was sentenced to fatality for murder.

For his last meal, Threadgill requested baked chicken, mashed potato with nation gravy, vegetables, sweet peas, bread, tea, water, and punch. However, Texas abolished critical meal an option in 2011, therefore Threadgill to be just given the exact same meal together everyone rather in his unit.


Henry Hargreaves

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Henry Hargreaves

"It"s old. There have actually been countless variations ~ above the saying, "Tell me what you eat, and also I"ll phone call you who you are,"" claims photographer Henry Hargreaves of the catalyst for his work with food. "You know, food simply tells therefore much around a person."


Henry Hargreaves

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Henry Hargreaves

Hargreaves acquired his begin as bartender, functioning in an establishment where human being ordered food in ~ the bar in enhancement to drinks.

"The means that people ordered and also interacted v their food, and you understand modified it, and also treated it... I felt like you could pretty much stereotype who they were without even really talk to them. Simply from their orders. And, come me, that template I thought could go therefore deep, and was simply something that might be really amazing to stand for visually. So, that"s why I"ve carried it into my work."


Henry Hargreaves

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Henry Hargreaves

Hargreaves was influenced to pursue his "No Seconds" series, once he read that Texas was ending its critical meal heritage for inmates on death row.

"Apparently, who ordered a meal and also didn"t eat it, for this reason they chose they were going to take it the ideal away from civilization to be able to get your last meal," Hargreaves explains. "When I review that, I kind of was like, "Wow. Ns wonder what they actually order.""


Henry Hargreaves

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Henry Hargreaves, styled through Lisa Edsalv

Hargreaves generally works with food as a automobile for humanizing subcultures that civilization generally check out as extremely various than themselves. This photo, for example, is from his series, dubbed "Ready because that Dinner," around the subculture that Doomsday Preppers in the U.S.

With regards come his image of critical meals, Hargreaves says, "Look, I"m no trying to preach even if it is someone must agree or disagree through the fatality penalty. All I"m trying to carry out is open up up the conversation around it... Get human being to empathize through the condemned men and woman as genuine people."


Henry Hargreaves

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Henry Hargreaves

All the the picture in Hargreaves" "No Seconds" collection are recreations of inmates" critical meals, no the yes, really meals, and that"s part of what intrigued him around the project.

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"To me, what was exciting is the there"s never actually been a real snapshot of a critical meal. They"ve never ever published it. So, this was around recreating what i think the critical meal might be like. You know, perform they serve it ~ above plastic bowl or on china? does the shift take pride in cooking this last meal for someone, or execute they just slap it in addition to no love? It was a conversation with all those species of points as well."

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