Jack Leigh

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John David "Jack" Leigh II (November 8, 1948 – May 19, 2004), a native of Savannah, Georgia and a graduate of The Savannah Country Day School and the University of Georgia, was a photographer and author, best known for the cover photograph on the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.[1] The photograph itself, largely considered a major factor in the success of the novel, featured the "Bird Girl" statue from the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah.[2]

Already well known locally as a portrait and documentary photographer, Leigh was commissioned by Random House for the photograph. Leigh wrote and published five books on photography. His former photo gallery was a popular tourist attraction in the Historic District of downtown Savannah.[3] He died May 19, 2004, in Savannah of colon cancer. He is fittingly buried in Bonaventure Cemetery.[4]


Oystering: A Way of Life (ISBN 0910326177 with James Dickey and Charles L. Wyrick, Jr.; Carolina Art Association, June 1985)

Nets & Doors: Shrimping in Southern Waters (ISBN 0941711129, Gibbs Smith Publishing, October 1, 1989)

Seaport: A Waterfront at Work (ISBN 094171134X, Gibbs Smith Publishing, July 1, 1996)

The Land I'm Bound To Photographs (ISBN 0309349310, with Pat Conroy; W.W. Norton & Company, Sept 2000)

The Ogeechee: A River and Its People (ISBN 082032650X, Wormsloe Foundation Publications, April 28, 2004)

Ossabaw: Evocations of an Island (ISBN 0820326429, with James Kilgo, Alan Campbell, and John Lane; University of Georgia Press, April 28, 2004)

External Links

Official Jack Leigh Website

The Land He's Bound To by John English

Jack Leigh Collection Hargrett Rare Books and Manuscript Library


  1. ^ English, John, The Land He's Bound To, Univ of Georgia Essay Feature, 2000
  2. ^ Aberjhani, "Bound Moments: Jack Leigh's Beautiful Southern Adventures," The American Poet Who Went Home Again, 2008, pp. 91–108.
  3. ^ Aberjhani, "Bound Moments: Jack Leigh's Beautiful Southern Adventures"
  4. ^ Thurber, John "Cover Photo Helped Sell Midnight Novel" Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, June 8, 2004