Pablo paid US$5 million for the animals for his country estate, Hacienda Napoles. Photographs from El Chino’s archives

‘Pablo was not worried about money. From 1982 to 1986 he was may be the richest man in the world.’

Alberto Villamizar, politician

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.