Stacy Pearsall to share photography, stories in 'Combat from Behind the Camera'

Combat photographer Stacy Pearsall will share her experiences with a lecture and presentation at Daytona State College this week.


By JEWELL TOMAZIN | The News-Journal | Published: February 4, 2020

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Tribune News Service) — Combat photographer Stacy Pearsall will recount her experiences as a photographer and woman documenting some of the most dangerous modern battles, as well as the inspirational journey she's had since, at a lecture this Thursday.

Starting out as an Air Force photographer at 17 years old, Pearsall went on to serve three combat tours and travel to 41 countries — and experience the harsh world of warfare. Injured in combat, Pearsall lived on to share not only her story, but the stories of the friendships she made and tragically lost, through her photography and lectures.

Pearsall earned the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation with Valor for combat actions in Iraq, which left her disabled and retired from military service. Pearsall found a new beginning, however, with the Veterans Portrait Project.

She found her inspiration in the hours spent in VA waiting rooms, surrounded by fellow veterans, and was compelled to honor and thank them through photography with the Veterans Portrait Project. She has documented around 7,500 veterans across all 50 states since she started the program in 2008.

Pearsall continues to work worldwide as an independent photographer and is also an author, educator, military consultant and public speaker. She currently is a Nikon Ambassador.

Pearsall was one of only three women to win National Press Photographers Association Military Photographer of the Year competition, and the first woman to have earned it twice. She has authored two internationally acclaimed books, "Shooter: Combat from Behind the Camera" and "A Photojournalist's Field Guide: In the Trenches with Combat Photographer Stacy Pearsall."

The lecture is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Gale Lemerand Student Center at Daytona State College, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. It is free and open to the public.

For information, call 386-506-3550 or visit smponline.org/art-speaks_1.

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