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Rated NR · 79 minutes · 2008

In 1993, 24-year-old art school grad Robert King went to Sarajevo with $800, a camera, and ambitions of winning a Pulitzer as a photojournalist. Veteran reporters assumed he’d be dead meat, but he improbably survived to build a solid journeyman career that has spanned three bloody conflicts. Documentary maker Richard Parry, aided by the fact that photojournalists spend a lot of time photographing each other, delivers a solid if not revelatory video (2008) about what motivates a man to leave behind a wife and child to risk his life collecting salable images of death. The short answer would seem to be: booze, a loveless childhood, and a romantic self-image. Also known as Blood Trail.

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