RJ is given a KODAK 44A for his eighth birthday.
Whilst on a family holiday in Eastbourne, the young RJ meets Henri Cartier-Bresson who is staying at the same hotel. Impressed by his enthusiasm and natural talent, Cartier-Bresson allows RJ to assist him.
Seven years later on a school trip to Paris, RJ searches out his hero. He remains in Paris and after working with the likes of Willy Ronis and Robert Capa, he becomes the youngest-ever member of the Magnum Photo Agency.
Incensed by the war and inspired by the work of Capa, RJ goes to Vietnam. Desperate to influence public opinion, he begins to fake increasingly horrific images, finally faking his own death. When his battered Nikon F is found, it contains thirty six shots which become ‘iconic’ images of the conflict.
The world of photojournalism mourns.
Still in hiding, RJ is killed when the field kitchen in which he is working explodes.
RJ is disgraced and is posthumously expelled from Magnum.