Pablo’s memory lives on in the homes of Barrio Pablo Escobar’s residents, January 2006

‘I don’t think a monster like Pablo Escobar will ever come again at least not in our generation. This monster you could say rose out of exceptional circumstances in Colombia. He was born in a historic moment when the country not only opened the door to drug smuggling but also the destruction of ourvalues.’

Oscar Naranjo, Police General

While in Colombia researching an idea for a photographic project called Narcotecture, I found a bag of photographs on Pablo Escobar’s private prison. It set me on a journey for the next 3 years searching for visual material and meeting people who knew Pablo Escobar. Pablo Escobar was ‘the richest and most violent gangster in history’, the head of the Medellin Cartel, which was responsible for supplying 80 per cent of the world’s cocaine during the 1980s. In an attempt to avoid extradition to the USA, he declared war on the Colombian state and thousands died as a result. For this brief web version I have extended the visual intro to the book.