Rob McDonald is a professor of English & Fine Arts, as well as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at Virginia Military Institute, where he teaches photography, American drama, modernism and Southern literature and directs the Honors Program. Since 2005 He has been editor of the journal Studies in American Culture.
McDonald’s work is on display at photo-eye in Sante Fe, 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Kathleen Ewing Gallery in D.C. and the Gagosian Gallery Shop in NYC. His photo essays have appeared in Southern Cultures, Crossroads, Southern Spaces and South Atlantic Quarterly. He was a 2013 recipient of a fellowship from the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts, and his most recent book (with Sally Mann and Even Rogers) is Cy’s Rollei. His Poplar Forest was published in 2010. McDonald’s project “Native Ground,” “an ode to my love of reading” and the source of his images in this issue, explores the life and work spaces of Southern writers, from Welty to Gurganus, O’Connor to Brown, Mitchell to Pancake, Warren to Still and more. His web site is www.robmcdonaldphotography.com.