Jack Leigh, Cold Mellons, 1970. Gelatin silver print. © Jack Leigh, 2021. Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia.
Jack Leigh (1948-2004) began his work in photography in 1972 following formal studies at the University of Georgia. He later studied with George Tice, Eva Rubinstein, and Jill Freedman. From the beginning of his career, his objective was to seek out and record the people, environments, and rapidly passing lifestyles of his native region - the American South.
Leigh's award-winning photographs are in numerous private and corporate collections. His work has appeared in museums and gallery exhibitions, and publications across the country and abroad. He was the author of six highly acclaimed books of photography—Oystering: A Way of Life; The Ogeechee: A River and It's People; Nets & Doors: Shrimping In Southern Waters; Seaport: A Waterfront At Work; Ossabaw: Evocations of an Island, and a retrospective of his work, The Land I'm Bound To.
In 1993, Leigh was commissioned to create a photograph for the book cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. The book became an international best-seller and the photograph is Leigh's most famous and widely recognized image.
Leigh died May 19, 2004, in Savannah, of colon cancer.
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