Robert Bickers, Professor of History at University of Bristol, gives his take on the images in the Empire Through the Lens exhibition from a historical and personal perspective.
From about 500,000 images, we asked 27 people to each choose one piece. The selectors include development workers, artists, photographers, historians and relatives of the photographers.
They each bring a different perspective to the collection, and represent a broad range of personal knowledge, aesthetic appreciation and academic thought on the people and countries shown in the images, the legacy of Empire and the post-colonial experience.
Find out more about Empire Through the Lens.