Steven H. Begleiter is a professional photographer and writer. He is currently an adjunct Professor at the Rocky Mountain Collage of Art and Design in Lakewood, Colorado. His professional photography career began in 1980, as a photo assistant to Annie Leibovitz and Mary Ellen Mark. Opening his studio in New York City, in 1982, he went on to photograph for major publication; exhibit his work in galleries and garner awards for his photography. His first book of photographs and text entitled "Fathers and Sons", Abbeville Press, was published in 1989 and was a commercial and critical success. Over the next 20 years Begleiter authored 5 instructional books on photography. In 1997, he was recruited by the University of Pennsylvania to teach in the School of Fine Arts and Design. In 2007 he and his family moved to Missoula, Montana. It was there, in the middle of winter and the dead of night, he conceived the book, "Leaving Cleveland." He worked on it for the next 12 years, completing it in 2022.