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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard Younker  

Pen Name: Richard M. Younker

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

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.

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-- *Award-winning freelance photojournalist for twenty-six years