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Naples, October 2, 1943

Robert Capa, American (born Hungary), 1913 - 1954

Photograph taken in Naples, Italy, Europe

1943 (negative); printed later

Gelatin silver print

Image: 14 x 19 1/16 inches (35.5 x 48.4 cm) Sheet: 15 15/16 x 19 7/8 inches (40.5 x 50.5 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Gift of Cornell Capa for the Michael E. Hoffman Tribute Collection, 2003

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Capa photographed some of the most brutal moments of the twentieth century: the Second Sino-Japanese War in China (1934–45), the Spanish Civil War, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and many years of World War II, most famously the June 6, 1944, D-Day slaughter on the coast of Normandy, France.

The Four Days of Naples was an ultimately successful popular revolt against the Germans occupying the city. Naples, October 2, 1943 was taken two days after the event, and one day after the arrival of the Allied forces. More than three hundred Neapolitans lost their lives in the struggle; here Capa has photographed a crowd of grieving mothers at the funeral of twenty schoolboys who died in the uprising.