Selfies against the death penalty - Final words



The documentary photographer Marc Asnin has recently launched an international photography campaign against the death penalty.

The initiative, named Selfie Against the Death Penalty, wants to sensitize the public opinion against the recurring use in many American States, but not only, by using the power of social media and by the recent success obtained by the self-portrait form famous with the name of selfie.

The participants are requested to upload on the web page their selfie and to write the following sentence “I’m against the death penalty because…”. Photographers are invited to upload their selfie in the section of the website dedicated to them at

This project will allow everyone to express, in a personal and creative way, their opposition to the death penalty and, at the same time, to demonstrate their support to the crowd-funding that will be alunched on October 6th by the author in order to achieve the realization of his next book, titled Final Words, that puts together the pictures and last words of men and women executed in Texas.

The selfies and relative declarations against the death penalty made by the supporters of the crowd-funding campaign for the book Final Words will be put together in a travelling exhibition. A way to make even clearer the goal of the book: fight the death penalty.

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Marc Asnin


Marc Asnin is a renowned documentary photographer, having been published in numerous publications including Life, Fortune, The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, French Geo, La Repubblica, Le Monde, and Stern.

His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and Europe, including the MOMA, Baltimore Museum of Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Steve Kasher Gallery, Blue Sky Gallery and is also included in several permanent collections, including the National Museum of American Art, the International Center of Photography, the Museum of the City of New York, the Portland Museum of Art, the Zimmerli Art Museum and the Schomburg Center.

His work has received numerous accolades, most notably the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, the Mother Jones Fund for Documentary Photography Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Alicia Patterson Fellowship.

Asnin’s work has appeared in books such as Uncle Charlie (Contrasto 2012), The New York Times Magazine Photographs (Aperture 2011), After Weegee (Syracuse University Press 2011), New York 400 (Running Press, 2009), Blink (Phaidon Press, 1994), Flesh & Blood (Picture Project 1992).

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