Left: Plane confiscated from the Medellin Cartel, Medellin airport, August 2005 Right: Submarine confiscated by anti-narcotics police. Roberto Escobar claimed that Pablo was the first to use submarines for the transportation of cocaine, January 2006

When Escobar died,–nothing happened to the drug smuggling business. The cocaine kept arriving,’

Gustavo de Greiff. Chief Public Prosecutor.

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.