In a new video titled Inside The Syndicate, Kusters discusses photographs he took while spending two years with Yakuza members – with his lengthy stint receiving the green light after 10 months of negotiations. He talks about its hierarchical structure, tattoos and gruesome rituals including the removal of fingers, as well as how his views of the group shifted throughout the trip.
It’s a fascinating watch, and we have to applaud Kusters on his patience, persistence and bravery with this project. Hopefully we get to see more Yakuza imagery from his adventures in the near future. Meanwhile, watch the pensive video here: