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"Ryder, little bitch!"
— CJ's angry about Ryder betrayal.

Photo Opportunity is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas given to protagonist Carl Johnson by Varrios Los Aztecas leader Cesar Vialpando from Carl's garage at the Doherty district of San Fierro, San Andreas.


Carl recieves a phone call from Cesar. Cesar had been tracking a Ballas car, most likely coming to San Fierro to acquire some cocaine. Cesar wants CJ to come with him. Carl makes his way to Cesar's location near Blueberry in Red County. The two hop on Cesar's Savanna and begin to travel towards Angel Pine, where the car was last seen headed.

After entering the small town, Carl and Cesar position themselves on a rooftop overlooking Cluckin' Bell. Carl brings out a camera and plans to take pictures, believing this to be a meeting. Soon after, a Picador pulls in. It is Ryder, along with a Ballas member. After Ryder, another man pulls in a ZR-350. Cesar identifies him as T-Bone Mendez. Shortly followed thereafter, is a man in a suit, arriving in a Washington. Then finally, a fourth man arrives in a Broadway, joining the others. He is identified as a pimp by CJ, but both Cesar and CJ do not know him. After taking pictures of all four men, Cesar and CJ leave Angel Pine, stopping by a gas station. Cesar leaves CJ at the gas station, saying he'll meet him back in San Fierro.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go and pick up Cesar
  • Get in Cesars car
  • Head out to Angel Pine
  • Get up on the roof
  • Photograph the face of each target, but be quick about it and be sure to zoom in
  • Photograph his face
  • Photograph his face
  • Photograph his face
  • Photograph his face


The reward for this mission is an increase in respect. The mission Jizzy is unlocked.


  • This is one of the four missions to not work correctly if too many cheats are used, the other three are Life's a Beach, Burning Desire and Madd Dogg.
  • Originally this mission was very different. the player was originally tasked with stealing a helicopter to meet Cesar, and the photos would also have been taken from the helicopter. This was most likely removed when the decision was made to include the flying school at a later point in the game. Also, this is the reason why Carl is shouting very loudly his comments about Ryder and Jizzy B.
  • This is the first appearance of Mike Toreno, Jizzy B. and T-Bone Mendez and the first time Ryder is spotted out of Los Santos, the second being when you kill him in the mission Pier 69.
  • On some occasions, T-Bone Mendez will run over Ryder and park on him.

Video Walkthrough

GTA San Andreas - Walkthrough - Mission 41 - Photo Opportunity (HD)07:12

GTA San Andreas - Walkthrough - Mission 41 - Photo Opportunity (HD)

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