Leah Macdonald went to school in the Bay Area; she received her Masters in Photography from the California College of Arts. While in the Bay Area she worked as an assistant to the well-known anthropologist/photographer, Charles Gatewood. Her interest has always been in black and white, and especially fiber, gelatin silver printing. She practiced book arts while in graduate school as well as student teaching and leading workshops for troubled teens in Oakland. One of her books, The Name of the White Flower is Jasmine, was published in the Photo Metro.