Artist Timothy Isbell lives in Gulfport, Mississippi. He is a Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist who works at the Sun Herald newspaper. Isbell earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1983 and an associate degree at Hinds Community College in 1981.
Isbell has worked at the Sun Herald (formerly Daily Herald) since 1984, previously working at The Brookhaven Daily Leader (1983). In 1985, Isbell worked at the Tuscaloosa News for 5 months. In 1998, he served as Photojournliast in Residence at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he taught photography classes. In 1999, Isbell worked at The Natchez Democrat for 9 months.
He published two books of photographs taken at historic Civil War battlefield sites – Vicksburg: Sentinels of Stone and Gettysburg: Sentinels of Stone in 2006. Another book, Shiloh and Corith: Sentinels of Stone was published in 2007.
He was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for his photographic work on the Vietnamese living on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.
In 2007, he was inducted into the Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame at the University of Southern Mississippi. His work has earned him 130 awards for photography and writing.
Isbell is married to Judy Isbell.