Tim Page left England at 17 to travel across Europe, the Middle East and to India and Nepal. He found himself in Laos at the time of the civil war and ended up working as a stringer for United Press International. From there he moved on to Saigon where he covered the Vietnam War for the next five years working largely on assignment for Time-Life, UPI, Paris Match and the Associated Press. He also found time to cover the Six-Day War in the Middle East in 1967.
The role of war-photographer suited Page's craving for danger and excitement. He became an iconic photographer of the Vietnam War and his pictures were the visual inspiration for many films of the period. The photo-journalist in Apocalypse Now - played by Dennis Hopper - was based on Page.
The Vietnam War was the first and last war where there was no censorship, the military actively encouraged press involvement and Page went everywhere, covering everything. He was wounded four times, once by "friendly fire" and the last time was when he jumped out of a helicopter to help load the wounded and the person in front of him stepped on a landmine. He was pronounced DOA at the hospital. Extensive Neuro-surgery left him Hemiplegic for a year.
Recovery for Tim came in the form of involvement with America's Vietnam Vets who were worse off than himself. He became a "carer" for amputees and traumatically shocked and stressed young men whose future was now looking very bleak as the government of the day abandoned them. One of these young men was Ron Kovic, who was portrayed by Tom Cruise in the film Born on the Fourth of July – and at last their plight which Tim had been documenting and was also very much a part off was revealed to the rest of the world. The 70s also found Tim freelancing for music magazines such as Crawdaddy and Rolling Stone. This enabled him to add images of rock 'n' roll legends to his archive.