The Memory of Pablo Escobar 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.
Colombia. Drug czar. Leader of the Medellin Cartel, he was killed in a rooftop of the safehouse where he was hiding in Medellin. At his height in the 1980s, he owned fleets of boats and planes, 19 separate residences in Medellin, each with its own helipad. Forbes magazines named him one of the 20 richest men in the world, more than once. He is the only declared public enemy Colombia has had in its history.