James Mollison comprehensively researched, this photographic biography of the world's most renown drug barron. The result is a compelling picture novel, a landmark in visual journalism, that drawns uniquely on personal photographs sourced from Escobar's associates and friends as well as public archives and collections to piece together the mythology and methods of the elusive man himself.
The extraordinary story of the richest and most violent gangster in history – from his youth, his bid for political power, his domination of the world’s cocaine trade, his campaign against the Colombian state during which thousands died, his imprisonment in a luxurious private jail, his escape, through to his eventual capture and shooting – is told in hundreds of photographs gathered by photographer James Mollison in Colombia.
The book’s illuminating text draws on new interviews with family members, other gangsters, Colombian police and judges and other survivors of Escobar’s killing sprees, supplemented by contemporary photographs by Mollison of Escobar’s fleet of planes, his private zoo, arms caches captured by the police – and even Escobar’s prison jukebox. A compelling picture story and a landmark in visual journalism.
James Mollison was born in Kenya in 1973. He studied Art and Design at Oxford Brookes University and Film and Photography at Newport School of Art and Design. He then moved to Italy to work with Fabrica. His work has been widely published throughout the world including by Colors, the New York Times magazine, the Guardian magazine and Le Monde.