Viewfinder: Documenting ‘Stonewall’ Mania

Photographer Pat Jarrett's personal project The Martyr of Dixie captures some Virginians' obsession with "Stonewall" Jackson, a figure whose lack of historical record leaves lots of room for myth. Jarrett tells the Yonder why he finds Jackson such an interesting subject, why he moved to Staunton, Virginia, and why he’s sometimes late for work.


Virginia Folklife Program,where I’m documenting traditional arts and culture throughout the state and kind of preserving it so that people can observe and remember and celebrate the traditions and cultural crown jewels of the state.  And a lot of that is in the mountains and Southwest Virginia and the highlands of the state.


Virginia Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. His work has also been published by the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian in London, National Public Radio and The Christian Science Monitor among others. He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and CNN. His work has also been recognized by the Virginia News Photographers' Association and the Horizon Interactive Awards. 

Jarrett is married to a fire-breathing seamstress and prefers two-wheeled transportation to four any day of the week. He believes the low-and-slow method is best for cooking meat, luck is a manifestation of hard work and daily newspaper photography is a surreal art form.

Pat Jarrett is currently in the Shenandoah Valley. You may see more of his work at and on Instagram @patjarrett