Simon Lehner is currently living in and working from Vienna, Austria after graduating in Photography and Time-based Media at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria.
With his series How Far is a Lightyear? he won the Paris-Photo Carte Blanche Award + the Paris-Photo Maison Ruinart Prize in 2018 and was selected in 2019 as a Red Hook Labs New Artist and the Rencontres d’Arles Voies Off Awards. He received special mentions at the Plat(t)form Winterthur 19 for his portfolio.
His ongoing book project Men Don’t Play, which includes a text by Brad Feuerhelm of American Suburbx was shortlisted for the Unseen Dummy Award in 2017.
Previously his work has featured in The British Journal of Photography; US-Vogue; i-D; Paper Journal Magazine; Document Journal; L’UOMO Vogue and Vogue Italia.
His work comes from personal experiences and has a documentary core as it explores contemporary issues, social structures, psychology and its relation to current human and social developments through direct and embedded observation.