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The land I'm bound to
Leigh, Jack, 1948-2004.
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Publication Information:
New York : Norton, 2000.
Physical Description:
226 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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TR820.5. L44 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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While technology and urban sprawl have transformed much of our country in the last half of the twentieth century, Jack Leigh has been quietly documenting the people and the landscape of the Southeastern coast, a region steeped in history and tradition. The Land I'm Bound To is the photographer's tribute to the richly diverse culture of his native region. His subjects range from solitary oystermen working the fog-shrouded salt marshes of South Carolina to shrimp fishermen at sea to the swamps and marsh flats along Georgia's Ogeechee River, as well as the massive cranes and freighters of Savannah's busy port. Here, Leigh is both inclusive and expansive, offering some of his most memorable images as well as recent work that synthesizes the beauty and emotional grip the South has on many of us.

Author Notes

Pat Conroy is the pen name of Donald Patrick Conroy, who was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 26, 1945. He received a B.A. in English from The Citadel in 1967. After teaching high school at his alma mater, he accepted a job teaching disadvantaged black children in a two-room schoolhouse on Daufuskie Island off the South Carolina coast. Many of the children were illiterate, unable even to write their own names. He taught them using oral history and geography lessons. His experience on Daufuskie Island formed the basis for his first successful memoir, The Water Is Wide, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Award from the Cleveland Foundation and was made into the movie Conrack starring Jon Voight in 1976. His novels include Beach Music and South of Broad. Several of his novels were adapted into movies including The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, and The Prince of Tides. He also wrote several works of non-fiction including The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes and Stories of My Life, My Reading Life, and The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son. He died of pancreatic cancer on March 4, 2016 at the age of 70.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

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