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Triptych: Condemned to Death

Triptych: Condemned to Death

Three views of Lewis Payne (a.k.a. Lewis Powell) in April 1865, three months before his execution by hanging, wearing the same sweater. View full size. Photographs (wet collodion, glass plate) by Alexander Gardner.

 

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Orientation

Plus, take a look at the buttons on his trousers - oriented correctly for a man.

Lewis Payne

The negative is flopped (it should be emulsion side away from the viewer)

[The negative is correctly oriented, and the emulsion side is away from the viewer. Which is why the numbers are backward. - Dave]

Lewis Payne

"I disagree: he looks intelligent enough, not to mention handsome."

If there was a radical left chic back in 1865 you might have seen this image emblazoned on tee shirts, a la Che Guevara...

This photos look modern

Although there are little objects around. The style of the guy looks surprisely modern, almost 150 years ago.

[Surprisely yes, Gap sweater and all - Dave]

Love this series

these are beautiful images. great light, texture and feeling. love the background, composition, the scratches - all of it!

Definitely one of my favourites.

[Plus there's the whole bondage thing going on. - Dave]

The aftermath

Here's how he ended up a few months later (second from left).

...and Fitch

I disagree: he looks intelligent enough, not to mention handsome. Young, he could have been seduced by his co-conspirators into believing that his cause was just and likely thought he was doing some good. Not that that ever happens nowadays, does it....

Also, this would make a great Abercrombie and Fitch ad (except he's got clothes on).

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