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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard Younker  

Pen Name: Richard M. Younker

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1945 in Chicago

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* Lives in and writes about Chicago, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Younker completed a BA in psychology at the University of Chicago. He has been employed as a mailman, sixth-grade teacher, encyclopedia salesman, shipping clerk, actor, and singer. A self-taught photographer, he began working as a freelance photojournalist in 1974. Over the years, he has contributed forty photo essays to the ''Chicago Tribune'' and ''Chicago Sun Times Sunday'' magazines, ''Chicago Magazine'', and the ''Chicago Reader''. He has published photo documentary book projects about commercial fishermen on the Mississippi River and the working-class residents of Chicago. His photography was also showcased in the book, ''Street Signs Chicago'' published by Chicago Review Press.


Award-winning freelance photojournalist for twenty-six years

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Chicago people /
ISBN: 0252026799. OCLC Number: 45636711

University of Illinois Press,. .

On site, the construction of a high-rise /
ISBN: 0690040032. OCLC Number: 5830199

Crowell,. .

Our Chicago :
ISBN: 1556520220. OCLC Number: 16925638

Chicago Review Press,. .

ISBN: 9781629010311. OCLC Number: 871349077

Inkwater Pr. .

Street signs Chicago :
ISBN: 0914091069. OCLC Number: 7735623

Chicago Review Press,. .

"Don't let the title fool you. It's about more than street signs: it's about life in the big city; it's about history and the loss of history; it's about neighborhoods that were and never were, but still could be; it's about illusion and the real thing...." Studs Terkel.

Yankin' and liftin' their whole lives :
ISBN: 0809323389. OCLC Number: 43707194

Southern Illinois University Press,. .

"Using narrative, monologues, and seventy black-and-white photographs, photojournalist Richard Younker examines the life and culture of what is perhaps the last generation of people to make their living as commercial fishermen on the Mississippi River, Junnie Putman and his family and friends."