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The Mississippi Gulf Coast

The Mississippi Gulf Coast

By Timothy T. Isbell
Hardcover : 9781496818973, 192 pages, 220 color photographs, August 2018

A captivating photographic exploration of Mississippi's Gulf Coast


Through more than two hundred stunning photographs, The Mississippi Gulf Coast illustrates what visitors and residents alike love about the region—the sunrises and sunsets; the distinctive character of each town along the waterfront; the historic places; the traditional coast cuisine; and the arts, gaming, and watersports.

Passing from the western part of the coast to the east, The Mississippi Gulf Coast will refamiliarize some and introduce others to the Coast of Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Ocean Springs, Gautier, Pascagoula, and Moss Point. Through words and images, photographer Timothy T. Isbell provides a brief history of the area, from the first settlers to the waves of immigrants who have helped shape the character and culture of the region, and a reflection of the current state of the Gulf Coast.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast has spent more than a decade recovering from the ruin left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. During the earliest days following the storm, Isbell was sent out to document the grim aftermath of Katrina. Seeing damage everywhere, he became overwhelmed by the destruction surrounding him and soon wanted to see images of hope and recovery. It was at that point he made a promise to show the “true Mississippi Gulf Coast,” an area known for its natural beauty and spirit. The beautiful photographs in The Mississippi Gulf Coast are a testament to renewal in the face of adversity.


"Tim Isbell is one of Mississippi’s finest visual storytellers. From the quiet of a gull at sunrise to the chaos of Mother Nature’s wrath during a storm, Tim’s photos capture the beauty and resilience of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and her people. For years, his photos would pop up in my Facebook feed and I’d hope they’d be in a book. My wish has finally been granted."

- Marshall Ramsey

"Tim Isbell’s photographs are a love letter to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Every frame meticulously details her charms, from the curving outstretched branches of her live oaks to her luminous sunrises and the gracious lines of her stately antebellum homes. In words too, Isbell shares his favorite stories of the place he cherishes. This book will draw new admirers and remind those of us fortunate to grow up there why the Coast will always draw us back into her embrace."

- Kathleen Koch, former longtime CNN correspondent and author of Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered