A father finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, who is no longer the delightful child the father loved, but an argumentative young adult who seems addicted to the escapism of the Internet. To better understand his deteriorating relationship with his son, the father sets off on a quest into his own past, and documents his journey with a video camera. He travels to St. Quay-Portrieux in Brittany, where he had spent a spring working as a wedding photographer's assistant. Never having returned since that visit, he hopes to gain some perspective on what his own life was like when he was his son's age. He seeks out his former employer, a fascinating Frenchman named Maurice, and Maud, the woman with whom he was romantically involved for those few months, nearly four decades ago. Photographic Memory is a meditation on the passing of time, the praxis of photography and film, digital and analog, and the fractured love of a father for his son.