Born in 1948, Jack Leigh began his work in photography after finishing his studies at the University of Georgia in 1972. From the beginning of his career, he desired to record the people, places and lifestyles of the South, his native region. In 1993 he became widely known after his haunting photograph of Silvia Shaw's Bird Girl appeared on the cover of John Berendt's best seller, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Over 56 years Jack Leigh authored five books dedicated to the images of the South such as Oystering: A Way of Life and The Land I'm Bound To.
With his death from colon cancer on May 19, Leigh left a void in the southern photography scene, but left a lasting impression that will live on in his photographs and books. His dedication to and love of photography inspired him to continue his work until his last days. To find out more about Jack Leigh or to browse some of his work visit his gallery website.
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