Pablo and his wife, Victoria Henao, early 1980s. Files from El Espectadors archives

‘He began stealing tombstones, then he became a car thief, then an assassin, then a smuggler and then a drug smuggler, then he became a representative of the chamber – a politician …the worst of all.’

El Chino, Pablo’s friend

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.