My name is Stacy L. Pearsall and I got my start as an Air Force photographer over ten years ago at the age of 17. During my time in the service I traveled to over 41 countries and attended S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. I am 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 my three tours in Iraq, I earned the Bronze Star Medal and Commendation with Valor for heroic actions under fire. After being wounded in action, I was medically retired from service. However, the wounds I have sustained have not affected my abilities as a photographer or journalist.
My work has been published in various media to include Time Magazine, New York Times, CNN, BBC, LA Times, USA Today, Soldier of Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Bahrain Times, Oscar nominated PBS: Operation Home Coming and GQ Magazine: This is Our War. Most notably, I was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and also featured in national magazines, Pink, Popular Photography and Newsweek, where I shared my experiences as a female combat photojournalist.
My photo project titled "Birth Control Glasses" was featured at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in 2007 and my portrayal of combat experiences in Iraq titled "Inside An Ambush" was highlighted in the NPPA Magazine that same year. I am also an Atlanta Photojournalism Contest and two-time NPPA Women in Photojournalism Contest award winner.
In 2009 alone, my images have been exhibited in Charleston, S.C. and Hollywood, California. A collection of my photographs will start a nationwide tour in the spring. I made a guest appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in February. During the interview, Oprah and I discussed my photographic history and the future of my business. PBS and the Air Force Band honored me as the Air Force veteran of the year where they produced a two-hour musical tribute to America’s heroes. In my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, I was presented with the Trojan Labor American Hero Award for 2009.
Currently, I am the Owner/Director of the Charleston Center for Photography (CCforP.org). My 5,600 sq foot facility offers photography classes and workshops, digital and wet-process printing, syc wall studio rentals, youth art programs, photo galleries, photography services and more. I continue to travel the world on assignment and conducting photography workshops.
Some of my clients include the Air Force Recruiting Service, Army Recruiting Service, Associated Press, Barnes and Noble, BBC, Boeing, CNN, Columbia Museum of Art, Department of Defense, DSM Dyneema, Femmes Universelles, GQ Magazine, LA Times, Lockheed Martin, McDonald Douglas, Medical University of South Carolina, PBS, SKIRT Magazine, Soldier of Fortune, Southparc Communications and USA Today.