The attack on the Supreme Court in Bogotá on 6 November 1985. Part of El Espectadors archives

“The more I learn, the more I know about the harm that the narcos are causing to this country. I will never again refuse the extradition of one of those dogs.”

Rodrigo Lara Bonilla, Minister for Justice

The attack on the Supreme Court in Bogotá on 6 November 1985. Part of El Espectadors archives

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.