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The Land I'm Bound To: Photographs Hardcover – September, 2000
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Novelist Pat Conroy fondly introduces this album of Jack Leigh's distinguished photographs by writing that the "South he captures is the one I have lived in my whole life and is as familiar to me as my thumbprint, yet I feel as though I am seeing my native land for the first time when I study Jack's uncanny yet perfectly composed and cunning images. He cannot raise his camera without telling me about a South I never knew was there." Leigh's most famous photograph is the one of a Savannah cemetery statue, which graced the front cover of John Berendt's wildly popular book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1994). But all his shots evoke place and mood with heart-gripping force. His black-and-white images, at once softly textured and immaculately focused, emphasize the beauty of isolation, personal and geographic; but other shots celebrate the ties of community. An ordinary intersection in a small town holds our fascination; a fog-covered body of water brings out the romantic in the most hardened of hearts. Brad Hooper
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About the Author
Jack Leigh's previous photography books include Oystering: A Way of Life and Seaport: A Waterfront at Work. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.
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I have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Leigh twice. Once 5 years ago when my husband and I stumbled on his gallery, and again when I brought my mother back to Savannah for the first time in 70 years. Both times Mr. Leigh was not only gracious but full of the stories about each one of his masterpieces. He is for real, folks! It is easy to see how he forms the relationships that produce his photographs. Having seen many of the original pieces in Mr. Leigh's gallery, I can atest to the quality of the printing and reproduction. Care was taken with this book.
One final word, pay particular attention to the work entitled "Cold Mellons." It is not only my favorite, but Mr. Leigh's first photograph. There is a whole story about how that piece almost didn't survive developing. Some things are just meant to be.