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Jasper by Matthew Genitempo

Mar 29, 2018

Matthew is an American photographer who creates poetic and at the same time strong images, which contain several layers of significance and therefore are prone to multiple interpretations. In his series 'Jasper', Matthew presents a collection of quiet black and white photographs that escape the haste of the capitalist world and as a result make us reflect upon our own condition and the meanings of life.

 

Following we present an interview that we had with him:

 

am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

MG - Thanks for the opportunity! I’m originally from Houston, Texas but for over half a year I’ve been living in Marfa, Texas. Since I’ve been out here, I’ve been making photographs and working at the book shop. I studied photography at the University of Hartford in Connecticut where I completed my first book, Jasper.

 

am - How did you start in photography?

MG - I took a few classes in high school and undergrad — that’s when I took the first steps. Then there was a new found love for photography when I began to dive into the photobook world. That was probably five or so years ago.

 

am - What inspires your work?

MG - Cinema, poetry, photography, music, the weather, everything… There’s just so much that goes in.

 

am - What is "Jasper" about?

MG - I’m not sure it’s about any one thing. I hope that folks find their own message in the work. Personally, the project was about diving into the allure of running away from the day-to-day.

 

am - How would you describe your visual language?

MG - I think that mostly depends on what I’m working on or whatever mood I’m in when I’m making pictures. Sometimes it feels natural to make playful work, other times I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and images come from a different depth. When I was making 'Jasper', I was alone a lot of the time. I think that resulted in images that came from a place of observance and consideration.

 

am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

MG - I go through spells with a rotating cast of my favorite artists. Usually I come across a piece that I haven’t seen before and then it sends me down a rabbit hole for a week or two. This recent one is with Saul Leiter. He’s just incredible. As far as artists that I haven’t spent much time with before — I’ve been really enjoying digging into Richard Long’s line work. His desert pieces really do it for me.

 

am - What are your main interests as an artist?

MG - Discovery and the potential to forfeit former ways of understanding the world.

 

am - What’s your favourite movie?

MG - If I had to pick one, it would be 'Hud', based on Larry McMurtry’s novel, 'Horseman, Pass By'. But lately I’ve been making my way through Robert Bresson’s films and they’re unbelievably compelling.

 

am - What is your favourite photo book?

MG - It’s impossible to pick one, but I’ve recently picked up Max Pincker’s 'Margins of Excess', Chikara Umihara’s 'Whispering Hope', and M.L. Casteel’s 'American Interiors' and they’re all just astonishing.

 

am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

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