Holes in the main building at Hacienda Napoles, January 2006. Treasure hunters continue to believe money is buried at Pablo’s former home

‘The fortune is still intact, considering the fortune he had, they never found anything important. This money was well protected.’

Miguel Maza, Head of Intelligence

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.