Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Acquires Manfred Heiting Photo Book Collection


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has acquired an extensive collection of photography based books from collector Manfred Heiting. Assembled over several decades, the collection includes some 25,000 photography books and ephemera from the birth of photography to the late 20th century. The museum plans to dedicate a named space for the Heiting Book Collection, which includes Edward Curtis’s The North American Indian, Alvin Langdon Coburn’s New York, Ansel Adams’s Taos Pueblo, and all published works by Ed van der Elsken, to name a few highlights.

Heiting began acquiring books in the 1960s, when he began collecting photographs, but he focused on photography books in the mid-1990s, and it includes holdings from Japan, Germany, the Soviet Union, the Netherlands, France, the Czech Republic and the United States.