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Richard Younker

Born: 1945 in Chicago
Pen Name: Richard M. Younker

Connection to Illinois: * Lives in and writes about Chicago, Illinois

Biography: 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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Richard Younker on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Chicago people /
ISBN: 0252026799 OCLC: 45636711

University of Illinois Press, Urbana : ©2001.

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

Crowell, New York : ©1980.

  Our Chicago :
ISBN: 1556520220 OCLC: 16925638

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

ISBN: 9781629010311 OCLC: 871349077

Inkwater Pr 2014.

Street signs Chicago :
ISBN: 0914091069 OCLC: 7735623

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.

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

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."