Jack Leigh

Visual Artist

1948 – 2004


Who was Jack Leigh?

John David "Jack" Leigh II, 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. 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.

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. He died May 19, 2004, in Savannah of colon cancer. He is fittingly buried in Bonaventure Cemetery.


Oystering: A Way of Life

Nets & Doors: Shrimping in Southern Waters

Seaport: A Waterfront at Work

The Land I'm Bound To Photographs

Famous Quotes:

  • “I was very much of the opinion that southern culture was a unique culture born of the union, the contribution, of the races. We all knew the struggle and the history of that. But where I found myself in attitude was wanting to celebrate that union because southern culture was definitely a synthesis of black and white.”
  • “You look through the viewfinder and know that it is your responsibility and your art and your passion to look at everything in that frame as part of a whole that you need to shape. There’s nothing in that frame which should go unnoticed. Then that’s what it means to be thinking and seeing as a photographer.”

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Nov 8, 1948
Also known as
  • John David Leigh II
  • United States of America
  • University of Georgia
Lived in
  • Savannah
May 19, 2004

on July 23, 2013


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