Stacy Pearsall

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Stacy L. Pearsall
Stacy Pearsall, award winning combat photographer.jpg
Born 1980 (age 36–37)
Corpus Christi, Texas
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1997-2008
Rank Staff Sergeant
Unit 1st Combat Camera Squadron
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom
Awards Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with Valor

Stacy L. Pearsall is an award-winning American photographer.[1] She first entered combat as a photographer in Iraq in 2003. She spent 280 days covering humanitarian relief missions and covering Special Forces operations. Her images were used by the President, Secretary of Defense, and Joint Chiefs of Staff to make informed decisions in the battle space. [2][3][4][5][6][7] Pearsall served as a military photographer in the United States Air Force until her wounds lead to her medical discharge. Since her retirement Pearsall has worked as a professional photographer.

Pearsall was profiled on The Oprah Winfrey Show and on the PBS Newshour.[8]

Pearsall enlisted in the Air Force at age 17.[9] She attended, but never earned a degree at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, while still in the U.S. Air Force.

Pearsall was awarded a Bronze Star and twice won the NPPA Military Photographer of the Year competition.[9][10][11][12]

Pearsall, and her husband Andy Dunaway, also a retired combat photographer, live in Charleston, South Carolina.[13]

In 2009 Pearsall assumed the ownership and direction of the Charleston Center for Photography.[14]


Stacy L Pearsall started off as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. Throughtout this time, she traveled to more than 41 countries and joined the Military Photojournalism program at Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University a few years later. She later went on to earn the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation with Valor for her combat actions in Iraq during three combat tours. While Pearseall was under rehabilitation for her combat injuries that she sustained in Iraq, she spent a long time in waiting rooms surrounded by veterans whom she wished to honor and thank through photography. She has photographed and documented about 6,000 veterans in over 27 states and held many exhibitions showing the work of veterans in their hometowns. Additionally, Pearsall earned a National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) at Military Photographer of the Year competition; becoming one of only two women to do so. She has also served as a nomination juror for the Pulitzer Prize and held a position in the advisory board of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The Citadel. Pearsall has also been awarded the Carolinas Freedom Foundation Freedom Award , lauded by the White House as a Champion Change, given the Daughters of the American Revolution Mergaret Cochran Corbin Award, and holds an honorary doctoral degree from the Citadel. Between receiving all these awards, photography, and speaking engagements, Pearsall completed her first book of photography "Shooter: Combat from Behind the Camera; as well as her second book "A Photojournalist's Field Guide : In the Trenches with Combat Photographer Stacy Pearsall. Now retired from military service , Pearsall continues to work Worldwide as an independent photographer, educator, author, public speaker, military consultant, and the founder or the Veterans Portrait Project. [15]


  1. ^ Tom Bearden (2011-10-27). "Military Photographer: 'The Medic Could Not Get There Fast Enough'". PBS Newshour. Retrieved 2011-10-28. She is a decorated combat veteran who, as a woman, was never supposed to see combat. However, she experienced military life at its most difficult, living in the ruins of Iraqi towns, dodging sniper fire. 
  2. ^ Stacy Pearsall (2013-12-19). "A Photojournalist's Field Guide" (PDF). Peachpit Press. p. XI. Retrieved 2015-02-24.  mirror
  3. ^ "Combat Veteran Captures Impact of War One Picture at a Time". PBS Newshour. 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2011-10-28.  mirror
  4. ^ "Military Photographer: 'The Medic Could Not Get There Fast Enough'". PBS Newshour. 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2011-10-28.  mirror
  5. ^ "A Life Under Fire: Combat Photographer Captures, Carries Wounds of War". PBS Newshour. 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2011-10-28.  mirror
  6. ^ "Combat photographers to talk about experiences on Monday". Maui News. 2010-08-22. Retrieved 2011-10-28. Pearsall is one of only two women to win the NPPA Military Photographer of the Year competition, and the only woman to have won it twice. During her three tours in Iraq, she earned the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Commendation with Valor for heroic actions under fire, according an article on the U.S. Air Force website.  mirror
  7. ^ "סמינר אינטרנטי בתחום ניהול הצבע ללא תשלום". 2010-07-12. Retrieved 2011-10-28.  mirror
  8. ^ "Oprah & Stacy Pearsall, Retired A.F. Combat Photographer". Liveleak. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2011-10-27.  mirror
  9. ^ a b "Hello my name is Stacy L. Pearsall". Retrieved 2011-10-28.  mirror
  10. ^ "IDP Radio - Pro Profile: Stacy Pearsall Combat Photographer". Inside Digital Photography. Retrieved 2011-10-28.  mirror
  11. ^ "Combat Camera Photographer: U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Stacy Pearsall, Military Photographer of the Year 2003". United States Department of Defense. 2003. Retrieved 2011-10-28.  mirror
  12. ^ Warren Wise (2008-03-24). "Staff sgt. earns military photographer honor". Charleston Post and Courier. Retrieved 2011-10-28. In 2003, she was named Military Photographer of the Year. She was just awarded the honor again for 2007.  mirror
  13. ^ Prentiss Findlay (2008-12-19). "Combat photographer attacked on jog". Charleston Post and Courier. p. 11. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  14. ^ Molly Parker (2009-09-25). "Owner says Charleston Center for Photography on the brink of closure". Charleston Post and Courier. Retrieved 2011-10-28. "It's awful really seeing all the doors close on King Street, so I'm trying very hard to reach out to anybody who's ever been a patron of the center to get us through this rough part," said Pearsall, who spent 12 years as a combat photographer for the Air Force.  mirror
  15. ^ Prentiss Findlay (2008-12-19). "Combat photographer attacked on jog". Charleston Post and Courier. p. 11. Retrieved 2011-10-28.