John Minihan is probably the most important Irish photographer alive today, with his subjects ranging from Francis Bacon to John Hurt, Princess Diana to William Burroughs. Yet it is his two principle bodies of work - his acclaimed pictures of Athy, and the famous series of photographs he took of Samuel Beckett in London and Paris - that have made John Minihan's reputation. The Man Who Shot Beckett is both a professional and personal profile of the man actor Stephen Rea singles out for his 'blustering sincerity'. Tracing John's life and work from humble upbringing in his aunt's home in Athy, to his move to London at the age of 12, this documentary explores how Minihan became one of the most respected press photographers in London, and beyond.