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Riccardo Carbone was born in 1897 in Naples, the city he will narrate through his ‘viewfinder’ until the year of his death, in 1973. He studied chemistry, but soon he abandoned his studies to pursue his passion: photography.

His photographic production starts at the beginning of the 20th century already: the oldest photographic plates preserved date back the 20s. In this decade, he started his collaboration with the local daily newspaper ‘Il Mattino’, which will become consistent and continuous since the post-war period. He was among the first Italian photo-reporters to be credited as journalist.