This photographer recreated the last meals of death row prisoners and the results are haunting

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Friday 23 December 2016 10:15
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The death penalty is legal in 31 US states, and an average of 47 inmates are executed every year.

All of the prisoners executed are customarily allowed to pick their last meal before being executed, and Henry Hargreaves has recreated every single one from this year.

The series, A Year of Killing, offers an insightful look into the last moments of prisoners who've probably served decades on death row. Here are some photos from his amazing series:

James Freeman, 35 years old, seven years on death row

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Pablo Vasquez, 38 years old, 17 years on death row

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Oscar Ray Bollin Jr, 53 years old, 23 years on death row

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Joshua Bishop, 41 years old, 20 years on death row

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Daniel Lucas, 37 years olf, 16 years on death row

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Ronald Bert Smith Jr, 45 years old, 22 years on death row

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John Conner, 60 years old, 34 years on death row

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Earl Forrest, 66 years old, 11 years on death row

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Travis Hittson, 45 years old, 22 years on death row

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Christopher Brooks, 43 years old, 22 years on death row

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Gustavo Garcia, 43 years old, 24 years on death row

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Barney Ronald Fuller Jr, 53 years old, 12 years on death row

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Gregory Paul Lawler, 63 years old, 16 years on death row

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William Cary Sallie, 50 years old, 26 years on death row

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And here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how the photos were made:

Find more of Henry's awesome work at his website.

More: An executioner explains what it feels like to kill a man on death row

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