Time to kill

Photographs of inmates on death row taken by the man behind Benetton's controversial advertising campaigns, Oliviero Toscani, went on show in London today. The exhibition, entitled We, On Death Row, is being used to launch a campaign by the anti-capital punishment pressure group Hands Off Cain. The campaign is supported by the EC and aims to end the death penalty worldwide. The stark images taken by Toscani in the US show death row inmates who were eventually released as well as some who have since been executed. Toscani took the pictures during 1998 and 1999, when he was the creative director of Benetton. They sparked outrage from groups such as Parents of Murdered Children, and cost Benetton a $100m contract with US department store Sears, Roebuck and Co. Benetton eventually issued a formal apology, although Toscani distanced himself from it. He said: "I don't feel I should apologise, because the project's purpose was not to hurt victims' families, but to fight against the death penalty." The exhibition is showing at the Boiler House on Brick Lane until Saturday.

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