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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Simon Lehner - How far is a lightyear?

Jun 17, 2020

“How far is a lightyear?“ (2005-2019) investigates fatherhood, love and the development of identity through family.
We follow the viewpoint of a boy who resembles myself as a child and finds himself in a state of balancing two conflicting sides, while being stuck in the firing line of a bad love story.


The title stems from a question I asked my father when I first met him in 2005, references the passed time since he left my family again and the medium of photography.
The series uses a 3D Renderings/Scan method consisting out of the only images I took of my father dating back to 2005 when I was 9 years old.


Through this method of digitally piecing and reconstructing him with the images I have left, I have the chance to make my father tangible in a digital space as I try to make a portrait without physical contact – hinting at the longing for a father, emotional and physical distance but simultaneously resentment due to his actions.


FOAM Paul Huf Award 2020 (nominee)
Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2020 (nominee)
Red Hook Labs New Artists III, NYC 2019
Lensculture Emerging Talent 2019
Paris-Photo Carte Blanche Award 2018
Paris-Photo Maison Ruinart Prize 2018
Plat(t)form Winterthur 2019 (+ special mention selection)