The portable telephone Pablo was using when police traced his calls hours before his death on 2 December 1993.

‘People did not believe that he had died. Even today you can get on a bus and hear people talking about whether he really died, or whether he is alive’

Gloria Ospina, Pablo’s bodyguard’s wife

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.