It was in Paris that Harry Alexandre Schunke, later altered to Harry Shunk, met the Hungarian János Kender, who would become his life and work partner. In 1957 they met the gallerist Iris Clert, who was a point of reference for the Nouveaux Réalistes, and they began to follow the exhibitions and performances of the group (Klein, Arman, Spoerri, Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, Villeglé, Hains among the others). At the end of the 1960s, the duo moved to New York where they entered the highly experimental art scene that featured Warhol, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Baldessarri, Kusama and many others; there Shunk-Kender used their photos to document not just the artists’ works and performances but also moments from their private lives. Their partnership came to an end in 1973 when Kender turned away from photography. Shunk, however, continued to work independently until the end of his life.