lundi 28 avril 2014

No seconds / Henry Hargreaves

Le photographe néo-zélandais Henry Hargreaves a réalisé une passionnante série de clichés sur les derniers repas de condamnés à mort américains, pour certains tristement célèbres, comme Ted Bundy ou John Wayne Gacy. Il l'a intitulée No seconds et elle lui a été inspirée par la décision de l'Etat du Texas de supprimer cette tradition du dernier repas.

"In my photography I have been fascinated by the mix of the mundane and the extraordinary. So I while was reading about efforts to stop the Last Meal tradition in Texas it sparked my interest. In the most unnatural moment there is (state sponsored death) what kind of requests for food had 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.
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."
Henry Hargreaves 

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