Heading Out, Okatee River

Artist Details

Name: Jack Leigh
Birth: 1949 Death: 2004
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: 1983
Medium: gelatin silver print
Dimensions: 6 5/8 x 9 inches
Credit: Gift of the artist

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Leigh spent two seasons in 1979-1980 living with and photographing the oystering communities of South Carolina.  He was inspired by his childhood experiences and memories of this unique culture and by a fervent desire to document the rapidly vanishing lifestyle.  Leigh’s photographs vividly reveal the solitary dedication of the oysterman, and the magnificent rivers and marshes of the Lowcountry.

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