Matúš Plecho was born in Slovakia in 1985. Too late to experience the totalitarian regime which erased the happiness of a few generations, right on time though to live its consequences. How odd it may seem that right after the decades of totalitarian opression, another concept of enthrallment arose instantly. Way more sophisticated this time. His nation is loosing its cultural authenticity once again, but it is mainly the people who change. They are disoriented and mistified by materialism, consumption and limitless liberalism. The pseudoculture is in bloom and the mass media happily provide rich sponsorship. The word of a man is a passé.
Therefore, in his photography he breaks away from cold and shallow post modern tendencies, ignores the academic principles and follows up the great masters of photography. His education comes from the viewfinder stuck to the eye, from observing the patterns of everyday life.
It is during his studies of ethnology at university that he starts to work on his first cycle- TRNAVA POETICA in 2005. He seeks the poetry of commonness. Beauty inside little things. Morning mist, quietness of a night, smell of a rainy street, last autumn leaves on a tree, smile on a face. That’s where he finds true happiness. Photography is a poem to him. It uplifts the spirit. It cheers up. It heals. It makes one a better person. This cycle, with respect to the extent of the time it covers, also reflects author´s personal development in photography. Although the author intentionally avoids portraying a man within the cycle, he finds a path back to him in the very next one- CIRCUS HUMBERTO. With the help of this work along with ethnological research focused on the life of circus artists, he finalizes his university studies. That’s when he readmits that even a contemporary man can be photogenic and poetic.
Besides fine art photography he also starts to work on a subjective documentary. The themes he picks now require much more of his own vision and inner emotions. He looks for pictures. The topics come mainly from ambients where essence of a man has been preserved and the authenticity of a simple being can still be felt.
The intimate production in his studio still remains the core part of his work though. That’s where he gathers his whole world, this small spot carries the fingerprint of his whole life. The first cycle of this kind was a conceptual cycle- MIRROR FOR THE MAN, a critique of human's contemporary look where a man, stands vailed, mutilated on his own, dishonoured, face blurred.
He leaves the noisiness of the town behind in 2013 and moves to the quietness of the countryside in order to slow down and achieve suitable working conditions for the theme of his life- POEMS & PRAYERS, shot on his 8x10 inch view camera. The notes he takes in ink in the quietness of the attic, the dialogues he holds with the God both trasform into his photographs. He does enjoy the authentic handcraft for he knows the hard work is a burden that does not bring one down but rather sets the spirit free.