The Manchester Collection. Photographs by André Kertész. Edited by Harold Riley. Essays by Harold Riley, Mark Haworth-Booth, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Weston J. Naef, Colin Ford, Charles Harbutt, and Lady Marina Vaisey. Manchester Collection, London, 1984. 185 pp. Small folio. Limited edition of 150 hand-numbered copies. SIGNED on colophon page. Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. Cloth slipcase. Duotone reproductions.
In 1978, English painter Harold Riley collaborated with Andre Kertesz to produce a retrospective of Kertesz's photographs at the University of Salford in Northern England. Now referred to as the Manchester Collection, the exhibition included work from every period of the Kertesz's career printed at different times and on a variety of photographic papers. The exhibition followed an alternating arrangement of chronological and thematic photographs divided into six distinct categories: early Hungarian photographs exhibited with later landscapes from Europe and the United States, photographs from France, still-lives, New York photographs, portraits and figure studies from Hungary, France and the United States, and pictures using abstraction and distortion. This creative arrangement of images allowed the viewer to observe the developing progression of Kertesz's photography while simultaneously gaining an understanding of the subjects and themes that held a recurring fascination for the artist.