Simon is Slovenian photographer, who works in São Paulo, Brazil. In his 10-years career he worked as a photo-journalist at newspapers like Folha de São Paulo, produced documentary reportages for magazines like National Geographic and was commisioned for commercial work by companies like Nike, CocaCola, Budweiser, Jaguar, McDonalds ...
National Geographic Brasil, Forbes Brasil, Época Negócios, Marie Claire, Joyce Pascowitch Poder, Você S/A, Galileu, Revista TAM, Revista Gol, Trip, Living Alone, Época SP, National Geographic Slovenia, National Geographic Traveler Slovenia, Adria Airways magazine, Gloss, Kontrast, Kontejner, Tribuna
Folha de São Paulo, UOL, Valor Economico, SiOL.net, Dnevnik
Nike, Coca Cola, McDonalds, Ray Ban, Budweiser, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini Cooper, Elan Yachting, HP, Earnest&Young, Philips, Kimberly Clark, Pfizer, ...
2013 ... Honorable mention ... POY LatAm (Picture of the year Latin America), Fortaleza, Brazil
2010 ... Honorable mention ... SloPressPhoto 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2010 ... Shortlist ... Photo of the year (Emzin), Ljubljana, Slovenia
2009 ... Winner "Sports single" ... SloPressPhoto 2009, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2009 ... Winner "Sport story" ... SloPressPHoto 2009, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2009 ... Shortlist ... Photo of the year (Emzin), Ljubljana, Slovenia
2009 ... Shortlist "Nikon thursday award" ... Fotopub, Novo mesto, Slovenia
2004 ... Shortlist "Show me the world" ... ŠOU, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2014 ... Group exhibition "At home in Europe" ...Piran, Slovenia
2014 ... Group exhibition "At home in Europe" ... Kongresni square, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2013 ... Solo exhibition "HABITAT" ... Imã Photo gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
2013 ... Group exhibition "BRICKS" ... Mestna Hisa gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2013 ... Group exhibition "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC" ... The ArtPhotoGallery, Trieste, Italy
2013 ... Group exhibition "19th Latin America documental photography" ... ENS, Medellín, Colômbia
2012 ... Group exhibition "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC" ... Jakopic gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2010 ... Group exhibition "SloPressPhoto awards" ... DocuClub Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2010 ... Group exhibition "SloPressPhoto awards" ... VII Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2010 ... Group exhibition "DPPF yearly exhibit" ... Gallery Krka, Ljubljana
2010 ... Group exhibition "Emzin Photo of the year" ... Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2009 ... Solo exhibition + screening "Bleugray" ... Metropol caffé, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2009 ... Group exhibition "SloPressPhoto awards" ... National gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2009 ... Group exhibition "SloPressPhoto awards" ... Festival hall, Bled, Slovenia
2009 ... Group exhibition "Emzin Photo of the year" ... Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2009 ... Group exhibition "Stories" ... Lek gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2009 ... Group exhibition "Enooki" ... Kresija gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2008 ... Solo exhibition + screening "Gringo" ... 16mm cafe, Soho, London, UK
2008 ... Solo exhibition "Sampa" ... Metropol caffé, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2008 ... Screening "Digital Gallery" ... Park Spa, Bled, Slovenia
2005 ... Group Exhibition "Estorias" ... Gallery Imã, São Paulo, Brazil
2005 ... Solo exibition "São Paulo" ... Celica hostel, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Post‐graduation study: Specialization in Photography
February 2005 – August 2006
Faculties SENAC – Communication and arts (www.sp.senac.br) Specialist for photography
March 2004 – June 2004
Galeria Imã, São Paulo, Brazil (www.imafotogaleria.com.br) Photography techniques and language, photo‐journalism, editing.
Business and marketing university programme
1995 – 2001
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (http://www.ef.uni‐lj.si), Faculty of Economics, Marketing department
B.Sc. of economics
If I had to choose three most talented young photographers - photojournalists from Slovenia, then Simon Plestenjak would certainly be among those three !
Arne Hodalič, photo editor
National Geographic Slovenia
With the Lipizzaner horse we were planning to take photos of renown Slovenian horse photographers and engage Simon for one or two photos of a performance in Vienna. But at the end we took all the photos from Simon; even more, he wrote a text for the story. Since he was really dedicated and got to know many important people connected to Lipizzaner, he managed to gather most relevant information. Being a horse lover he also brought a different angle to the material.
Miha Kovač, editor in chief
National Geographic Slovenia
Simon Plestenjak has prepared several, really good photo-reportages for National Geographic Traveler. His work expresses serious and responsible attitude towards his projects and next to being a good observer he also has a feeling to create a story.
He is very dynamic when looking for the right angle, his eye is sensitive to interesting light conditions and to decisive photographic moments.
There is another virtue that Simon has, which is very important when making this kind of reportages. Simon is very open and sincere in communication with other people.
Iztok Bončina, photo editor
National Geographic Traveler Slovenia
Simon’s work is strong, simple and direct. He’s able to frame and identify what the image is about, and to capture and communicate his vision of the subject at hand. At the same time, it displays a certain thoughtful reflection, a combination of energetic immediacy and intuitive, necessary distance.
Simon turns out (and later turns in) lovely, rich images which seduce both the eye and the heart, yet are more than simply beautiful, easy, surface images; they are strong reportage, carefully chosen moments, and decidedly personal views.
Working with Simon offers a refreshing, youthful energy and unjaded enthusiasm for his work, which, however, is combined with the dedication and commitment necessary to deliver strong work within a well-defined framework.
In the cafes of Sarajevo we find vibrant, colorful, rich tradition imbued with both a hopeful optimism and a brooding guardedness which speaks volumes of the place, the time, and the people. Likewise the Mostar bridge, poetic in a subdued, late-afternoon light-wash yet stamped with the concrete, temporal-physical reality of life unsure and only loosely defined: the stuff of flighty image-dreams and real stories firmly rooted in the street of everyday existence.
Jeff Bickert, editor in chief
Mr. Plestenjak has certified his professional photographic techniques knowledge and followed all digital asset management protocols of the newspaper.
Toni Pires, photo editor
Folha de São Paulo
We (at Kontejner magazine) decided to publish Simon’s “Sampa” report because it had a different take on Brazil as most of us are used to. It shows both sides. The bright one and the dark one. He shows the dualities of the country, of the city, of the people. He tells us how nothing is what it seems to be. The photos are as raw, ever-watchful and uncompromising as his camera is. And his words take us straight into the middle of everything, introduce us to their language, phrases, little misunderstandings.
Sampa was something “off-topic” for Kontejner magazine, when it was published. But as it turned out later in couldn’t be more “on-topic”. Some of us still firmly believe that is one of the strongest articles we have published in the past two-something years.
And besides - it’s Brazil, innit?
Sašo Dornik, editor
We publish Simon Plestenjak’s portrait, still and action photographs. At his work he always tries to find new, different angles, what has enriched our news significantly. What we specially appreciate is his search for special motives, therefore his photos differ from classic sport photography. At the same time Simon photograph sport actions routinely, where reactive time and understanding of special characteristics of every sport are cruical.
Martin Pavčnik, assistant editor
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