Anton Kusters is a photographer who specialises in long term projects. In 2008 he started preparation on Yakuza, ‘a personal visual account of the life inside an inaccessible subculture: a traditional Japanese crime family that controls the streets of Kabukicho, in the heart of Tokyo, Japan.’
in april 2009, after 10 months of negotiations with the Shinseikai, Anton and his brother Malik where granted access for two years – becoming ‘one of the only westerners ever to be granted this kind of access to the closed world of Japanese organized crime.’
Anton doing a TEDx talk about the Yakuza project
more on Anton here.