Photographer Given Rare Access To Photograph Japanese Crime Syndicates The Yakuza

Sep 17, 2015

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Photographer Given Rare Access To Photograph Japanese Crime Syndicates The Yakuza

Sep 17, 2015

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer based in Hawi, Hawaii. You can follow her Twitter here and her personal life here.

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yakuzaIt took Anton Kusters about 10 months of negotiations with the notorious Japanese crime syndicates, the Yakuza to be granted access into their world. Kusters, a Belgian photographer, wanted to photograph the gang as part of a documentary photography project he had been hoping to start. Kusters delivered the proposal for his project during a meeting with the Godfather, who, surprisingly gave Kusters permission to start shooting right there on the spot.

“I literally expected to enter into a Kill Bill kind of world where people are running around with swords, chopping each other’s head off with blood flowing in the streets and things like that, obviously because I didn’t know better. I just saw the movies like everyone else, and what I did see was a very different, very much more subtle world which relies on pressure, which relies on appearances, which relies on control much more than actual violence.”

As you can imagine, the opportunity Kusters was given, is truly a once in a lifetime ordeal. In February 2009, Kusters became one of the first photographers to capture life inside a Yakuza family. You can listen to the enthralling story in the words of the photographer himself and catch a glimpse of some of the telling portraits he created during his time with the Yakuza in the video clip from The Economist:

[ via The Economist | Reddit ]

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7 responses to “Photographer Given Rare Access To Photograph Japanese Crime Syndicates The Yakuza”

  1. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    It’s well worth clicking over to the link provided to watch the video. http://econ.st/1Ofsvo9

  2. Kevin Smith Avatar
    Kevin Smith

    Ryuhei Omura

  3. Han Grevelink Avatar
    Han Grevelink

    Oud nieuws!

  4. David Pinsent Avatar
    David Pinsent

    how very very cool

  5. Jack Burton Avatar
    Jack Burton

    Great share, thanks!

  6. Robin Avatar
    Robin

    Nothing cool about it, why do we want to glorify these thugs or make them seem special.

  7. Veronica Cantu Avatar
    Veronica Cantu

    Daniel J. Cantu