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Biography

Matej Peljhan was born in 1967 and spent his entire childhood in a small village Col above the Vipava Valley, Slovenia.
At the age of 10, while playing with his friends, he experiences a severe accident with some explosive devices, scattered around during the World War II. He suffers numerous injuries, the most severes being the loss of his right arm and an eye. He finishes elementary school in his home town and some years later the secondary school »Jurij Vega« in Idrija, during all this period undergoing painful medical treatment and rehabilitation.
He decides to study psychology at the University of Ljubljana and finishes his studies in 1992. Very soon he finds his first employment but decides to proceed with his studies in the field of clinical psychology, which helps him a lot in his daily work with the children with special needs. He lives in Ljubljana with his wife and their three children.

He is interested in different activities, including sports and arts. One of his hobbies, among others, is triathlon. He has competed twice in “Ironman”, which is considered to be the toughest physical one-day test in the world, in which the competitors have to swim 3,8 km, complete a 180 km bike course and run the classic Marathon in the length of 42,2 km.

He is intensively dealing with photography since 2009. He has won over a hundred prizes for his photographs and has had 15 independent photographic exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad. Two of his works are included in the photographic collection of the Museum and galleries of the city of Ljubljana. His most known work is a photographic series titled "The Little Prince" (2013) which was received an enormous response all over the world and was announced as one of the most touching photos ever taken. As a screenwriter and director of the short movie with the same title he received award "Vesna" for special achievements at the Festival of Slovenian Film (2015). He is co-author of a book entitled "Za-govor podob - philosophy of photographic gaze" (2011) and author of photographic monograph titled "Fotografije/Photographies" (2012). He is one of the pioneers of phototherapy in Slovenia and cofounder of the Institute for phototherapy. He carries out different phototherapy workshops and projects, both with children and adults. He is editor and co-author of a book entitled "Phototherapy – From Concepts to Practises", which was translated and published also in english language.

EXHIBITIONS:

- 2011, Slovenski etnografski muzej, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- 2011, CIRIUS Kamnik, Kamnik, Slovenia
- 2012, Kulturni dom, Col, Slovenia
- 2013, Gledališče Toneta Čufarja, Jesenice, Slovenia
- 2013, Mestna knjižnica Kranj, Kranj, Slovenia
- 2013, Ministrstvo za obrambo, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- 2013, Kulturni dom Gorica, Gorica, Italia
- 2013, CIRIUS Kamnik, Kamnik, Slovenia
- 2014, Univerzitetna knjižnica Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia
- 2014, Galerija stolp, Maribor, Slovenia
- 2014, Museo Civico di Cultura Contemporanea Palazzo Penna, Perugia, Italia
- 2015, Galerija Lek, Ljubljana, Slovenija
- 2016, Razstavišče Mestne občine Ljubljana, »Ljubljana, občina po meri invalidov, Ljubljana, Slovenija,
- 2016, Gradska galerija Užice, Užice, Serbia,
- 2016, Kriterion, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina,

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Matej Peljhan se rodi leta 1967 in preživlja otroštvo v vasi Col nad Vipavsko dolino. V starosti deset let pri igri doživi hudo nesrečo z eksplozivnim sredstvom, ostankom iz II. svetovne vojne. Utrpi številne poškodbe, med drugim izgubi desno roko in eno oko. Ob zdravljenju in rehabilitaciji zaključi osnovno šolo v domačem kraju in nato srednjo naravoslovno-matematično šolo Jurija Vege v Idriji.

Odloči se za študij psihologije na Filozofski fakulteti Univerze v Ljubljani, ki ga konča leta 1992. Po diplomi in prvi zaposlitvi naredi še specializacijo iz klinične psihologije, področja, ki ga pri delu z otroki s posebnimi potrebami, opravlja še danes. Stanuje v Ljubljani, je poročen in oče treh otrok.

V življenju ga zanimajo različne aktivnosti, od športa do umetnosti. Med drugim se ukvarja s triatlonom in dvakrat opravi z najtežjo enodnevno športno preizkušnjo na svetu – “Ironman” triatlonom, v okviru katerega je potrebno preplavati 3,8km, prekolesariti 180km in preteči klasični maraton v dolžini 42,2km.

Fotografskemu ustvarjanju se intenzivno posveča od leta 2009. Za svoja dela je na mednarodnih fotografskih salonih prejel že preko sto nagrad, svoja dela pa je predstavil že na 15 samostojnih razstavah doma in v tujini. Leta 2011 je v soavtorstvu izdal knjigo "Za-govor podob", leta 2012 pa samostojno še fotografsko monografijo "Fotografije/Photographies". Leta 2013 je s fotografsko serijo "Mali princ" doživel izjemen odziv svetovne javnosti. O njej so poročali mnogi svetovni mediji, število internetnih ogledov je seglo v milijone, na več spletnih portalih pa so fotografsko serijo umestili celo v izbor najbolj ganljivih fotografij v zgodovini. Kot scenarist in režiser je za istoimenski kratki film na Festivalu slovenskega filma, 2015 prejel Vesno za posebne dosežke. Muzej in galerije mesta Ljubljane so v svojo fotografsko zbirko uvrstili dve njegovi deli. Leta 1915 mu je umetniški svet FZS podelil naziv mojster fotografije. Organizatorji različnih fotografskih natečajev ga pogosto vabijo k sodelovanju tudi kot žiranta.

Je pobudnik in soustanovitelj Zavoda za fotografsko terapijo, ki na tem področju izvaja delavnice, izobraževanja in objavlja strokovne članke. Leta 2015 je kot urednik in soavtor sodeloval pri izdaji knjige z naslovom "Fototerapija – od konceptov do praks", ki je izšla tudi v angleškem jeziku.

RAZSTAVE:

- 2011, Slovenski etnografski muzej, Ljubljana, Slovenija
- 2011, CIRIUS Kamnik, Kamnik, Slovenija
- 2012, Kulturni dom, Col, Slovenija
- 2013, Gledališče Toneta Čufarja, Jesenice, Slovenija
- 2013, Mestna knjižnica Kranj, Kranj, Slovenija
- 2013. Ministrstvo za obrambo, Ljubljana, Slovenija
- 2013, Kulturni dom Gorica, Gorica, Italija, Slovenija
- 2013, CIRIUS Kamnik, Kamnik, Slovenija
- 2014, Univerzitetna knjižnica Maribor, Maribor, Slovenija
- 2014, Galerija stolp, Maribor, Slovenija
- 2014, Museo Civico di Cultura Contemporanea Palazzo Penna, Perugia, Italija
- 2015, Galerija Lek, Ljubljana, Slovenija
- 2016, Razstavišče Mestne občine Ljubljana, »Ljubljana, občina po meri invalidov, Ljubljana, Slovenija
- 2016, Gradska galerija Užice, Užice, Srbija,
- 2016, Kriterion, Sarajevo, Bosna in Hercegovina,