Julia Ziegler-Haynes Recreates and Photographs Last Meals of Death Row Inmates
The “last meal” is a well known segment of popular culture in the United States. We may not be all too familiar with the intricacies of capital punishment, but we all have heard of a last meal. Photographer and chef Julia Ziegler-Haynes found public records of last meal requests by executed inmates and meticulously recreated them in this series called “Today’s Special.”
Look, the death penalty is a complicated and difficult subject and any exploration from an artistic perspective is going to bring about some controversy. Though the last meal is well known, it doesn’t remove the morbidity of the concept. These meals are what people decided to try and enjoy while they pondered the last few hours of their lives. To say these images are loaded would be an understatement. This series has 24 images, and I’m sure that number is not arbitrary.
To read the whole story of these images, check out the Huffington Post.