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Stacy Pearsall        

Photographer & Educator

Stacy L. Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During her time in service, she traveled to over 41 countries, and attended the Military Photojournalism Program at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University from which she is a 50 Forward distinguished graduate.

During three combat tours, she earned the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation with Valor for combat actions in Iraq. Though combat disabled and retired from military service, Pearsall has not let her disabilities hold her back. With her service animal America’s VetDogs Charlie by her side, she continues to work worldwide as an independent photographer and is an author, educator, military consultant, public speaker, founder of the Veterans Portrait Project and Producer/Host of the PBS television series, After Action.

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Combat from Behind the Camera

Stacy Pearsall has spent nearly half her life as a military photographer and has earned some of the highest military medals for her heroism on the battlefield. Not only does she have brawn, she has real talent. She is one of only two women to win the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Military Photographer of the Year competition, and the only woman who has earned it twice. Whether you know it or not, you may have seen her work in Time magazine, the New York Times, and USA Today as well as on CNN, the BBC, and PBS to name a few.

Pearsall’s empowering speech draws upon the hardships she faced as a woman and photographer in combat. She’s documented some of the most dangerous battles of our time, has been wounded in combat and lived to tell her story. Hers is an amazing visual journey of personal and photographic growth. Not only do the images tell the story of the soldiers she documented, but also her own tale of friendships she made and tragically lost.

You’ll see what combat is like from behind the camera. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Most of all, you’ll be in awe.

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