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Drug War Mexico | Narco Violencia

By Teun Voeten | 2024

Photo Book on the Drug Violence in Mexico, English and Spanish
Since 2009, Teun Voeten has captured the Mexican narco violence in powerful images, visiting the epicentres of the drug war - Juárez, Culiacán, Tijuana and Michoacan. He photographed the bloodshed: murders, victims, funerals, morgues, cops, army and cartel gun men, but also meth cooks, survivors, and the underclass of addicted and homeless persons. He witnessed a struggling population that tries to maintain its dignity against all odds. Voeten documented the veneration of Narcosaints, some powerful symbols of consolation, others grim idols worshipped by drug lords. He saw daily life going on, prisoners performing the passion of Christ, families coming together for Dia De Muertos, couples dancing to the tunes of NarcoCorridos and civilians protesting the violence. With introductory essays by renowned Texas-based anthropologist Howard Campbell and celebrated Mexican writer Javier Valdez Cárdenas, who was murdered in 2017. This photo book is a graphic reminder that the Mexican drug violence is a dangerous force that poses enormous challenges to the international world order. The book is completely bilingual, as to reach out to a Latin American and Spanish audience.


Drug War Mexico | Narco Violencia
Published 2024 by Lecturis, Holland
Pages: 160 pages, Softcover,
ISBN: 978 946 226 5226
Price: 35 Euro, 39 USD


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Narco Estado

By Teun Voeten | 2012

This photo book came out in 2013. It is currently sold out. Rare copies can be obtained through the author

Published 2012 by Lannoo, Belgium
Pages: 144 pages, Softcover,
ISBN: 978 94 014 0407 5

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In 1994, Voeten started a photo reportage on the underground homeless in New York. This eventually became his first book. ’Tunnelmensen’ (1996) was published in Dutch by Atlas, Amsterdam. It appeared in an updated and translated version in 2010 in the USA.

Voeten made three photo books: ‘A Ticket To’ (1999), a dark, somber book with black and white photos from the conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. ‘Narco Estado, Drug Violence in Mexico’ (2012) depicts the horrible violence in strong color photos. 'New York, New York' (2005, 2021) features his architectural work he has been shooting since 1989.

After being nearly killed by doped up child soldiers in the civil war in Sierra Leone, Voeten wrote ‘How de Body? Hope and Horror in Sierra Leone’ which appeared in the Netherlands (2000) and the USA (2002). A Chines translation is in the making.

His PhD research resulted in the academic publication ‘The Mexican Drug Violence Hybrid Warfare, Predatory Capitalism and the Logic of Cruelty’ (2018). A Dutch journalistic version appeared the same year. In 2020, Small Wars Journal/El Centro published a completely rewritten, edited and updated version of this study.

In 2019, the city of Antwerp commissioned him to research drug related crime. This resulted eventually in ‘DRUGS. Antwerpen in de greep van de Nederlandse syndicaten’ (2020).

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