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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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Illinois Connection

* 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.

Published Works

  • On Site, The Construction of a High Rise, Ty Crowell Co., 1980
  • Street Signs Chicago, Chicago Review Press, 1981 - written by Charles Bowden and Lew Kreinberg
  • Our Chicago, Faces and Voices of the City, Chicago Review Press, 1987
  • Yankin' and Liftin' Their Whole Lives, Southern Illinois Press, 2000
  • Chicago People, University Of Illinois Press, 2001
  • Skinfolk: Gamblers on the Green, Inkwater Press, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Crowell,. New York :. ©1980.

Street signs Chicago :
ISBN: 0914091069. OCLC Number:

Chicago Review Press,. Chicago, IL :. [©1981]

"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.

Our Chicago :
ISBN: 1556520220. OCLC Number:

Chicago Review Press,. Chicago, IL. :. ©1987.

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

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale :. ©2000.

"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."

Chicago people /
ISBN: 0252026799. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. ©2001.

ISBN: 1629010316. OCLC Number:

Inkwater Pr. . 2014.


  • Award-winning freelance photojournalist for twenty-six years

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