Stacy Pearsall ’05 to shoot portraits of veterans as part of Syracuse University Veterans Week.

By Wendy S. Loughlin

October 30, 2017
This is a photo of Stacy Pearsall

Stacy Pearsall ’05 will return to Syracuse University during Veterans Week to take photos for her Veterans Portrait Project. She will shoot in the lobby of Newhouse 2 on Nov. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m. Veterans are welcome to drop by to be photographed; no appointment is necessary.

Pearsall is an alumna of the Newhouse School’s Military Visual Journalism Program. She founded the Veterans Portrait Project in 2008 as a way to preserve the faces and stories of veterans from around the world, and to honor and thank them. Pearsall, herself a veteran, was recovering from combat injuries when she conceived of the project, which she said began as “an emotionally cathartic, physically healing tool,” and as a way to extend her service when she could no longer serve in uniform.

Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. She traveled to more than 41 countries and, during three combat tours, earned the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation with Valor for combat actions in Iraq. She twice earned the National Press Photographers Association’s Military Photographer of the Year award and is also the recipient of several other awards, including recognition by the White House as a “Champion of Change.”