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Stacy Pearsall

October 1–31

Stairway to Heaven, 2007, eight-color archival pigment inks on Hahnemuhle rag paper

Their Assigned Mission:  Operation Iraqi Freedom

Stacy Pearsall’s outstanding portfolio of combat images earned her the title Photographer of the Year both in 2003 and 2007 respectively from the National Press, Photographers Association. She is only the second woman since 1967 to receive this honor.

Pearsall enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at 17 and negotiated her passion for photography into her commitment by receiving an Air Force guarantee to use her talent on the front lines. She spent the first four years of her enlistment as a U-2 spy plane intelligence film processor and her only camera work was personal. But in January of 2002 she entered Combat Camera Squadron. After being wounded in action in 2003 and 2007 in Iraq, Pearsall was medically retired. She began advocacy work through programs such as the Wounded Warrior Program, Real Warriors, Bob Woodruff Foundation, and the Wounded Warrior Games.

Her body of work has been celebrated by Time, Newsweek, New York Times, CNN, BBC, LA Times, USA Today,  and an Oscar-nominated PBS documentary: Operation Home Coming.

In conjunction with Vanderbilt Homecoming events:
Friday, October 26
Closing Reception 5 p.m.