A native of the Pittsburgh area, Mark Perrott has worked as a professional photographer since 1971. His work includes portraiture and corporate photography for annual reports and commissions for black and white portraits of families and children. In the early eighties, he gave special attention to the life and death struggle of “steel” in the Mon Valley, with a special focus on Pittsburgh’s Jones and Laughlin steel mill and its Blast Furnace Department, informally known as Eliza. Photographs from this project were used to create the book Eliza: Remembering a Pittsburgh Steel Mill, published in 1989 by Howell Press. He went on in 1999 to publish Hope Abandoned, a four year investigation of Eastern State Penitentiary, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mark’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including Carnegie Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.