Matthew Genitempo is an American photographer and book publisher currently living and making work in Marfa Texas. His first monograph, Jasper, was short-listed for the 2018 Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Prize and awarded the Hariban Juror’s Choice Award.
Jasper is a project that I began and completed during my time at the MFA photography program at the University of Hartford. The men in my photographs have chosen to live a life sequestered in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri. By capturing the foggy landscapes, cluttered interiors, and the rugged men that are tucked away in the dark woods, the project explores my fascination with running away from the every day. The pictures bounce between fact and fiction, exhibiting the reality and myths of what it means to be truly apart from society. Jasper was selected by Mark Steinmetz for Fotofilmic’s Solo prize. A book of the complete work is available from Twin Palms Publishers.