A dream photo collection

We all dream of the collection we could make if we had limitless time and resources. In this series, FT photography critic Francis Hodgson selects the must-have images that would comprise his ideal collection

Roger Fenton the queens target 1860
©Royal Collection Trust

‘The Queen’s Target’ by Roger Fenton

This image by a pioneering Victorian photographer is both a royal souvenir and a strikingly early piece of abstract art

Cindy Sherman 3 Untitled prints
©Cindy Sherman

‘Bus Riders’ by Cindy Sherman

This serious yet funny 1976 series prefigures everything Sherman has done since – and does not come cheap

Richard Misrach’s ‘Submerged Trailer, Salton Sea, California’ (1983)

‘Submerged Trailer, Salton Sea, California’ by Richard Misrach

This image by a veteran environmental photographer is both harsh critique and delicate study of light

Lartigue’s ‘Bibi’ (1920)
©Ministere de la Culture-France/AA

‘Bibi’ by Jacques Henri Lartigue

Ahead of his time? The French photographer’s pioneering Autochromes are ideally viewed on a computer screen

Julia Margaret Cameron’s 1867 portrait of Angelo Colarossi
©National Media Museum/Science & S

‘Portrait of Angelo Colarossi’ by Julia Margaret Cameron

FT critic Francis Hodgson examines the work of a grand Anglo-Indian administrator’s wife in High Victorian England

Mari Mahr’s ‘O’Keeffe New York, 1925’ (1981)

‘Georgia O’Keeffe – New York, 1925’ by Mari Mahr

In the latest instalment in his series on his dream photography collection, FT critic Francis Hodgson looks at the work of a little-known Hungarian-born photographer

‘Great North Road Garage, Edinburgh, November 1981’
©© The artist, courtesy Anthony Re

‘Great North Road Garage, Edinburgh, November 1981’ by Paul Graham

In the latest instalment in his series on his dream photography collection, FT critic Francis Hodgson looks at a work by an undervalued British photographer

‘Konditormeister, Köln Lindenthal’ (c.1928)
©© August Sander Archive, Cologne;

‘Konditormeister’ by August Sander

FT critic Francis Hodgson continues his series on his dream photography collection with a masterpiece from Weimar Germany

Luiz Gonzales Palma

‘1624’ by Luis González Palma

FT critic Francis Hodgson continues his series on his dream photography collection with a work by a contemporary Guatemalan photographer

‘L’Accordéoniste de la Rue Mouffetard’ by Robert Doisneau

In the third in a series on his dream photography collection, FT critic Francis Hodgson unravels a French classic

‘Sarah Wingate’ by Nick Knight

Nick Knight’s photograph comes from early in the series of clothing catalogues he made for designer Yohji Yamamoto

‘Ady’s Poem’ by André Kertész

In the first in a series on his dream photography collection, FT critic Francis Hodgson focuses on a Hungarian master