Simon Lehner is not a Jaga , which means hunter in Austrian, at least not in the conventional sense - but he has been out a lot with hunters, not chasing after pheasants or red deer, but after the hunters themselves - in the midst of it all with camera and picture instinct. Simon Lehner has talent not only for the individual image, but also for developing pictorial stories. Jaga is an impressive debut photo book that Lehner has been working on for several years, since he was 17.
"Basically, it's about the raw feeling of a primal instinct that I felt duringMartin Hochleitner the hunt. The immediate way of life that is connected with it. The hustle and bustle. The calm. Simplicity and idiosyncrasies that the land brings. The past and present of human survival and action. The feeling of going back in time during the hunt. Like being back at the beginning of humanity, man against animal, animal against man. Land against both." (Simon Lehner)
Simon Lehner, *1996 in Wels, Austria; lives and works in Vienna.