A recent donation to Oxford’s Bodleian Library showcases 100 of the best pictures by British photographers in the 20th and 21st centuries. The writer William Boyd asks how, in an age of selfies, we we are able to judge which images should endure.

Back in the summer of 1982, I was living and working in Oxford but spending a lot of time in and around London, as the first film I had written was being shot for Channel 4 television. It was called Good and Bad at Games, a dark story of boarding school life (persecution and torture) and a subsequent bloody revenge.

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