Valerio Bispuri - The poor man’s cocaine

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Funeral of Ezechiele’s older brother, a victim of Paco (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina; April 2012). The young man committed suicide throwing himself down from a bridge after smoking a big dose of Paco. It was Maria, the victim’s mother, to summon the photographer to the funeral to take pictures of the body and the ceremony.

Funeral of Ezechiele’s older brother, a victim of Paco (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina; April 2012). The young man committed suicide throwing himself down from a bridge after smoking a big dose of Paco. It was Maria, the victim’s mother, to summon the photographer to the funeral to take pictures of the body and the ceremony.

Three homeless boys have just woken up after a night of drugs and short sleep in a ruined house (Lima, Peru; December 2005).

Three homeless boys have just woken up after a night of drugs and short sleep in a ruined house (Lima, Peru; December 2005).

Inés, a 17-year-old addict prostitute, is waiting for the next client (Cartagena, Colombia; August 2011). Inés had been a prostitute since she was 11, using money to feed her daughter and to buy crack and Paco doses. Her left forearm was cut off by another prostitute as a revenge. This doesn’t discourage clients often ask specifically for the ‘armless whore’.

Inés, a 17-year-old addict prostitute, is waiting for the next client (Cartagena, Colombia; August 2011). Inés had been a prostitute since she was 11, using money to feed her daughter and to buy crack and Paco doses. Her left forearm was cut off by another prostitute as a revenge. This doesn’t discourage clients often ask specifically for the ‘armless whore’.

Ezechiele just finished smoking Paco his shack (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina; March 2013).

Ezechiele just finished smoking Paco his shack (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina; March 2013).

A dealer in Lomas de Zamora, one of the slums (‘villas’) in which Paco is most widespread. (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina; March 2013).

A dealer in Lomas de Zamora, one of the slums (‘villas’) in which Paco is most widespread. (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina; March 2013).

A group of drug dealers in the streets of the villa (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires; April 2015). The photo was taken by night from inside a running car.

A group of drug dealers in the streets of the villa (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires; April 2015). The photo was taken by night from inside a running car.

Ezechiele (17) is preparing a pipe for Paco while his mother Maria is folding clothes and his little brother is opening the fridge (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina; March 2013). Paco’s consumption has become part of addicts’ family life and is often smoked by teenagers in a familiar context. Ezechiele is an addict whose life and habits were documented by the photographer through several months in 2013, being able to spend time with him and his family in their…

Ezechiele (17) is preparing a pipe for Paco while his mother Maria is folding clothes and his little brother is opening the fridge (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina; March 2013). Paco’s consumption has become part of addicts’ family life and is often smoked by teenagers in a familiar context. Ezechiele is an addict whose life and habits were documented by the photographer through several months in 2013, being able to spend time with him and his family in their…

A dealer in Lomas de Zamora, one of the slums (‘villas’) in which Paco is most widespread. (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina; March 2013)

A dealer in Lomas de Zamora, one of the slums (‘villas’) in which Paco is most widespread. (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina; March 2013)

Paco

Paco

A child is sleeping on an armchair in full daylight (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina; May 2009). Lomas de Zamora is one of the slums (‘villas’) in which Paco is most widespread.

A child is sleeping on an armchair in full daylight (Lomas de Zamora, southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina; May 2009). Lomas de Zamora is one of the slums (‘villas’) in which Paco is most widespread.


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