Amy Elkins

In 2009, I began a written correspondence with several men scattered throughout the country serving death row sentences for what became an extensive project that looked into capital punishment and solitary confinement in the U.S.  

While letters were exchanged between many of them for years, it was only within the first three months that the first man I wrote with was executed. He was in the state of Texas.  I went online to search for more information the day of his execution and landed myself on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) website and the executions archive. 

It was with that information that I catapulted into Parting Words, a visual archive of the 500+ prisoners to date executed in the state of Texas.  This is just a small selection of the archive.

Parting Words (2009-Present), Digital prints, About 8 x 10 in. each