A more candid account:
Jason Francisco is a working artist.  He is interested in trying things.  Certain things he tries repeatedly and certain things once—with a special interest in those varieties of "once" that take a long time to play out.  Probably it is accurate to say his work is more the byproduct of his doing than the product.  He is now about thirty-five years into the labyrinth of his preoccupations.  He is almost mystically attached to books, and his idea of success is to imagine a person in a library a hundred years from now discovering his books beside the books he himself loves.  Go ahead and ask him why he thinks libraries will exist in a hundred years, or why in general we conceive the future in the image of the past.  This is probably something he would be interested to talk about.  Don't ask him how long a life's work should take to unfold, and how to know when enough is enough.  He doesn't know.  He sees the art world but the art world does not see him.  He has a strong aversion to self-promotion, and anyway he never really figured out that artists who want to contribute something to the world do not get to make work about difficult topics and work in challenging forms and not have a name.  (Most curators will grant an artist one of those things, but Francisco thinks he can have all three.)  He would sooner critique his work publicly than praise it, and sooner give it away than sell it.  Altogether, it is difficult to discern incongruity from integrity when looking at his devotion, and his ambition. 

A more conventional account:
Jason Francisco (born 1967, California) is an artist and essayist.  Joining documentary and conceptual art, his photoworks and writings focus on the complications of historical memory, and new directions in the art of witness.  Much of his work concerns the inheritance of trauma, specifically concerning Jewish experience in eastern Europe.
Francisco's large-scale projects include Alive and Destroyed:  A Meditation on the Holocaust in Time (Daylight Books, 2021), The Camp in its Afterlives (2010-2018), An Unfinished Memory (2014-2018), After the American Century (2002-2018), Big City (1989-2022), Far from Zion:  Jews, Diaspora, Memory (Stanford University Press, 2006), and The Villages:  Rural India at the End of the Twentieth Century (1990-1997).  He is also the author of numerous limited edition photobooks, web-based installations, experimental films, hybrid photo-text writings, reportages, essays, and poems in translation.  This website contains some 200 of his works made between 1990 and 2024.
In 2016, Francisco co-founded FestivALT, an annual festival of experimental Jewish art, performance and activism in Kraków, Poland, and has served variously as co-director, curatorial chair, and other capacities.  Since 2008, Francisco has been a member of the faculty at  Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  He received his education at Columbia University, King's College London, and Stanford University.