The late Jack Leigh may be most remembered for his image, “Midnight,” a 1993 photograph of a sculpture called “Bird Girl” in Savannah, Georgia’s Bonaventure Cemetery. The image was a commissioned for the cover of author John Berendt’s novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. But Leigh’s career stretches beyond the single image. “Jack Leigh: Full Circle, Low Country Photographs, 1972-2004,” at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art celebrates his legacy. “While the exhibition’s primary aim is to explore and cement the importance of Leigh’s work, it also aims to continue his legacy of inspiring a new generation of artists,” said Tim Peterson, co-curator of the exhibition and chief curator of exhibitions at SCAD, in a press release about the exhibition. “Jack Leigh served as a defining influence for SCAD students and alumni, further augmented by important opportunities at the Jack Leigh Gallery.” The exhibition also includes work by photographers who inspired Leigh along the way, including Eva Rubenstein, Walker Evans, Helen Levitt, George Tice, Sally Mann, William Christenberry, William Eggleston, Lisa Robinson, Marcus Kenney, Tobia Makover and others.
Leigh was a native of Savannah, and a well-known local portrait and documentary photography. Jack Leigh Galleries, originally named Southern Images Gallery, is still in operation under the umbrella of Laney Contemporary Fine Art and features his work and that of other photographers known locally, regionally and nationally.
“Jack Leigh: Full Circle, Low Country Photographs, 1972-2004,” runs through October 2, 2014 at SCAD Museum of Art.