THE PHOTOGRAPHER: MURDER IN PINAMAR on Netflix is a new true-crime documentary from Argentina. It revolves around the murder of photojournalist José Luis Cabezas. His murder had immense repercussions in the country. Read our full The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar review here!

THE PHOTOGRAPHER: MURDER IN PINAMAR is a new Netflix documentary from Argentina. The precise genre is true-crime since it focuses on the murder of photojournalist José Luis Cabezas. With a runtime of 1 hour and 46 minutes, it manages to get around the many (many!) elements of what ultimately led to his murder.


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Anyone who enjoys documentaries should give this one a chance. It’s well-crafted and intriguing. However, I have to mention that this is a very complex case. For this reason, it won’t be for everyone.

Continue reading our The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar documentary review below and find it on Netflix now.

The dangers of exposing the truth

In order to understand the circumstances of the murder of José Luis Cabezas, we also get into politics, gross corruption, and mafia-like methods. This Argentinian documentary on Netflix has a much longer original title. It’s El Fotografo y el Cartero: El Crimen de Cabezas.

Also, while you may not have heard about this case, it is a big deal. This true crime is very well known in Argentina since it did help change things.

In many countries around the world, being a reporter or photojournalist means risking your life. Often, these people are aware of the risks involved with exposing the truth. These days, shining a light on corruption is still dangerous in many places. Including countries in South America.

However, I cannot imagine that Cabezas ever feared that he would end his life in such a brutal manner. His wife is clearly very shaken up and shocked as well. Plus, everyone who knew him, speak very highly (and warmly) of him. To die due to a picture is simply cruel.

The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar – Review | Netflix True Crime documentary

Want to know more about the Cabezas case?

If you’re feeling curious or just want to read up on the murder of photojournalist José Luis Cabezas, then we’ve got you covered.

There is a Wikipedia page about Cabezas, which covers the basics fairly fast. You can find it here >

Obviously, it doesn’t state anything that isn’t covered in the documentary. Still, it gives you a quick rundown of the facts and it links nicely to many other relevant pages. As in pages about certain other people involved.

Watch The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar on Netflix now!

The director of this Netflix documentary is Alejandro Hartmann. The Argentinian documentarist also directed the Netflix docu-series Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? (org. title Carmel: ¿Quién mató a María Marta?) from 2020. It is definitely worth watching. However, be prepared to get angry at how that true-crime case was handled.


Our review of the Netflix docu-series Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? here >

The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar (org. title El Fotografo y el Cartero: El Crimen de Cabezas) is first and foremost about getting to the bottom of a murder. However, right after that, it shines a spotlight on grotesque corruption. It was running rampant in Argentina at the time. Maybe it still is?! Corruption (or rather, those involved) was what José Luis Cabezas was exposing.

Do you enjoy a solid history lesson along with your true crime? Then this Netflix addition is worth checking out.

The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar documentary is out on Netflix from May 19, 2022.


In the summer of 1997, the murder of photojournalist José Luis Cabezas shocked Argentina. It ultimately revealed how an organized crime network was ruling the country. Especially since it involved the country’s political and financial elite. The consequences would be almost as dramatic as the crime itself. Not only for the perpetrator but for the whole country.

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