OMEGA SUITES (1991-1998), THE ARCHITECTURE OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, BY LUCINDA DEVLIN via Socks Studio
Lucinda Devlin started in 1991 a series of photographs of gas chambers, injection rooms, electric chairs, and death row cells in the rural United States’ penitentiaries, entitled “The Omega Suites“, after the last letter of the Greek alphabet as an allusion to the finality of execution.
The purpose of this photographs is not to bring an ethical view upon the issue of death penalty in the States, but to focus on the environment where the process of capital punishment takes place.
“My personal view of the role of capital punishment in our society is not an issue in these photographs” states Devlin. “Rather, I have attempted to let the environments themselves communicate directly with viewers.”
The architectures of isolation, the sanitized chambers of life privation, are captured with Hasselblad cameras through long exposures, resulting in clinically sterile images.