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Ill-gotten Gains
Photograph by Carlos Villalón

Responsible for the region that includes Peñas Coloradas, a guerrilla leader known as Fabián Ramírez radios his commanders from a secure camp hidden in the rain forest. His organization, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is fighting government and paramilitary troops in a civil conflict that has bedeviled the country for the past four decades. To help finance its operations, the FARC levies a 30 percent tax on every cocaine-related transaction in the region. Nationwide it makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year this way.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1
Film Type: Fujicolor 800
Lens:  35-50mm Canon f/28
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Indoors, but strong sun light coming through the tent.
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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