Shrouded in mystery to the western world, with stories and tales that often sound like they have come from a mythical novel, the Yakuza have always captured imaginations. Born Too Late is the latest exhibition from Sydney based photographer Jesse Lizotte.
WITH A CAMERA IN HAND FOR LONGER THAN HE CAN REMEMBER, LIZOTTE’S FASCINATION WITH TRAVEL AND DOCUMENTING SUBCULTURES STARTED AT A YOUNG AGE. DURING HIS TIME WORKING ON LOWRIDER, HE FORMED A BOND WITH A CENTRAL CHARACTER WHO’D EVENTUALLY INTRODUCE JESSE TO AN ASSOCIATE WITH LINKS TO THE JAPANESE UNDERWORLD. BEFORE HE KNEW IT, JESSE FOUND HIMSELF DEEP IN THE BACK BLOCKS OF TOKYO MEETING A NEW GROUP OF YOUNG JAPANESE MEN STRUGGLING WITH IDENTITY WHILE PAVING A WAY FOR THEMSELVES WITHIN THE INSULAR AND STAUNCHLY TRADITIONAL CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD.