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Like many people, I've spent the past few weeks mainlining Narcos on Netflix. The drama, inspired by the life and death of Colombian cocaine superstar Pablo Escobar, isn't nearly as cerebral as The Wire or The Sopranos. But it's easy to follow and it clips along at a good pace, which is how I want my TV now that my brain has been blended into a soupy gruel by the internet.
The show really excels in its portrayal of Escobar's near-suicidal complacency and demand for self-promotion. He was notorious for this in real life, and it's reflected in the huge amount of personal photos which remain of him. He even had an official photographer, a guy called Edgar "El Chino" Jimenez. Jimenez was an old school friend who shot weddings for a career. After a chance meeting with Escobar, he packed in the weddings to document the drug lord's lavish life full time.
I'm pretty sure most of these photos are shot by him, though there may be a few odd ones in the mix.
This is El Chino himself, straddling the trunk of Pablo's elephant. I wish I had chosen a career in international drug trafficking and the import/export of safari animals.
El Chino has said that this is his favourite shot of Pablo, in which he looks for the answers in a flaming cocktail.
Pablo's wife exiting their Learjet.