Harry Shunk


Harry Shunk, ‘Shunk-Kender Street Photography, Cave St. Germain, New Years Eve, Paris’ 1958
Shunk-Kender Street Photography, Cave St. Germain, New Years Eve, Paris 1958
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Harry Shunk (born Schunk or Schunke; 1924 – June 26, 2006) was a German photographer, most noted for his cooperation with János Kender from 1957/58 to 1973 under the name Shunk-Kender. He was, along with his partner Kender, the photographer of hundreds of artists works during the 1960s and 1970s in New York and Europe. When they disbanded in 1973, Kender gave Shunk control of the joint material and Shunk continued working with photography for a further 30 years.

Shunk was born in Reudnitz, Leipzig. He died in obscurity in Westbeth, New York City.

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