Depth of Field

September 13, 2012

Depth of Field exhibit postcard

The Jackson County Campus is pleased to announce its first exhibition for the 2012-2013 school year, featuring the works of Gulf Coast photographers Rich Kopp, Alex North, Charles Punzo, and Jason Taylor.

The exhibit, in a play on words, is aptly named “Depth of Field.” MGCCC JC Gallery Director Marc Poole states that in this case, the photographic term related to the breadth and width of the diversity of the talents of the individual photographers. “What ties them together is that they are Gulf Coast photographers, yet there is a unique individualism in each of their approaches to what they see. In this day and age where everyone has a camera, even in our cellphones, and more than any other time before, we can capture the world around us. Yet through the lenses of these photographers, you will see things you’ve never seen or noticed before, even though the subject matter may be very familiar. For my art students here at MGCCC, and the public in general, it introduces them to one of the basic tenets of art; to see the world in a new way.”

Rich Kopp is the staff photographer at Gulf Coast. “There is an old saying ‘If you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.’  Well, I think I might just have found that job!” Rich was born and raised in Biloxi, and is a self-taught photographer.

Also born and raised in Biloxi but a rural resident of Hancock county, Jason Taylor’s true passion has always been nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. “I am particularly focused on taking fine art photos of the Mississippi Coast’s many diverse and beautiful natural areas.” His work has been published in several publications, including Coast Business JournalCoast MagazineSouth Mississippi Living Magazine, and various calendars and technical publications.

Coast native Alex North’s main goal is ” to capture it as it happens and share it with you through photography. As a photographer my main subject matter is our God given natural surroundings and the wildlife which call it home. I try to capture things you don’t see, be it a stunning sunrise, Osprey fishing, or a bloom opening.” it’s all the more amazing considering the fact that he is colorblind!

Originally from Biloxi, Charles Punzo now lives in Saucier, and studied computer animation at Mississippi State University. His work ranges from landscape, wildlife and underwater photography to fashion and celebrity photography.

The opening reception for the “Depth of Field” exhibition will be Thursday, August 30 at 1PM at the MGCCC Jackson County campus’ Fine Arts Gallery in Gautier, MS.

Gallery hours and Monday – Thursday from 9AM-3PM, or by appointment. For more information, contact Gallery Director Marc Poole at 228-497-7684 or

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