Richard Gaunt was born in Lancashire but grew up in Darlington. He attended QEGS Darlington and Corpus Christi College Cambridge, with a working life covering the steel, construction and chemicals industries as well as local government and more than 20 years as a director of a research consultancy. He is an accomplished photographer - his work has appeared in The Guardian, Steam, Railway, and in two other books of photographs of steam engines from the 1960s. He lives in Cardiff with his wife Elizabeth. They have 4 children.