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Early Works, Paris: 1963-1964

Christo works on Wrapped Statue, Place du Trocadéro, Paris, February 6, 1964

Christo works on Wrapped Statue, Place du Trocadéro, Paris, February 6, 1964, gelatin silver print, Shunk-Kender Photography Collection, Department of Image Collections, National Gallery of  Art Library, Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender. © Christo. Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All Rights Reserved.

Harry Shunk and János Kender began working as a photographic team in 1958. They became highly sought-after in the artistic circles of Paris, particularly among artists associated with nouveau réalisme, the movement founded by art critic Pierre Restany in 1960. As Shunk-Kender, they photographed the work, events, and exhibitions of Yves Klein, Arman, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle, Raymond Hains, and others. For Christo, who joined the group in 1963, Shunk-Kender photographed early Packages and Wrapped Objects, with the images then used in Christo’s gallery exhibition announcements and catalogs.