Arts & Culture

Jack Leigh’s Lens on Summer in the South

The late photographer Jack Leigh is most famous for his eerie black-and-white image of the Bird Girl statue commissioned for the cover of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The Savannah native also had a knack for memorializing the Southern sensations of heat and humidity, as seen in the following pictures of shrimp boats, ancient trees dripping in moss, and a baptism in the cooling waters of the Ogeechee River. A new exhibition of his work, The Light, the Heat: Summer in the South, runs through September 1 at the newly expanded Laney Contemporary Fine Art in Savannah. See a sneak preview of the photographs here.

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Baptism, negative date 1984.

photo: Jack Leigh

Birds and Tidal Marsh, negative date 2001.

photo: Jack Leigh

Boys on Mill Dam, negative date 1984.

photo: Jack Leigh

Breakfast at the Barbeque Pit, negative date 1984.

photo: Jack Leigh

Hammock.

photo: Jack Leigh

Hovering Mist, Emanuel County.

photo: Jack Leigh

Lone Tree at Sunset, negative date 2001.

photo: Jack Leigh

Overhanging Limb, negative date 1989.

photo: Jack Leigh

River Boat and Cypress Swamp, 1985.

photo: Jack Leigh

Rope Swinging, Chatham County, negative date 1985.

photo: Jack Leigh

Social Gathering on Cadillac, negative date 1984.

photo: Jack Leigh

Sunken Shrimp Boat, negative date 1987.

photo: Jack Leigh

Two Bateaux, negative date 1990.

photo: Jack Leigh

Two Beds, Two Windows, negative date 1981.

photo: Jack Leigh