Thursday, May 20, 2004

The Land He's Bound To - Jack Leigh: November 8, 1948 - May 19, 2004

Savannah Morning News, May 20, 2004

John David "Jack" Leigh, III, 55 died Wednesday, May 19, 2004 in his residence under the care of Hospice Savannah, Inc. Visitation: 5:00 - 7:00 PM Friday, May 21, 2004 in Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors Hodgson Chapel. Graveside Funeral Service: 10:00 AM Saturday, May 22, 2004 in Bonaventure Cemetery with Reverend Enoch Hendry officiating. Remembrances: Hospice Savannah, Inc. P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416 or The Jack Leigh Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Savannah College of Art and Design, Department of Institutional Advancement, P.O. Box 3146, Savannah, GA 31402, telephone: 912-525-5856. Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors Hodgson Chapel Savannah Morning News, May 20, 2004 Please sign our Obituary Guestbook at

Georgia Magazine
March 2001: Vol. 80, No. 2

The Land He's Bound To
by John English

"Jack Leigh is best known for a single haunting photograph—the one of the Bird Girl statue in Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery that graced the cover of the blockbuster book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Leigh acknowledges that the Midnight image created a "new landscape" for him; he also recognizes his success didn't result simply from being in the right place at the right time. Over the last quarter century, Leigh has almost exclusively focused on his home turf—the low country of the Deep South. His photo essays not only record a subject, but also a context, a sense of place, right down to atmospheric conditions. Leigh's photography is honest and intimate with a trace of nostalgia in it. And it's exquisitely composed and elegantly presented. His impressive body of work has earned him a reputation as a fine art photographer with a passion to document what's around him. His empathy for and pride in his homeland is apparent. So is his artistry."