The Leipzig-born photographer Harry Shunk (1924–2006) and his Hungarian partner János Kender (1937–2009) worked together between 1958 and 1973, first in Paris and later in New York. Commissioned by artists, galleries, publishers and museums they documented emerging forms of art and seminal exhibitions of the time.
With their camera, they accompanied many personalities of the international art scene, such as Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama and Christo. They made portraits and photo series, in which the very process of artistic creation becomes visible. Their photographs bear witness to the close relationship they had with the people who surrounded them and to their interest in those forms of expression that mediate between art and everyday life, actively involving the human body and public space.
There are a number of artistic moments and projects that we only remember today through the photographs of Shunk-Kender. However the two photographers themselves have remained mostly unknown. The exhibition, with loans from the collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, presents the work of Shunk-Kender for the first time in Germany.
An exhibition designed and produced by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in collaboration with the Stiftung Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig.
With the kind support of the Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung, Sparkasse Leipzig and the Free State of Saxony (SMWK).