Syracuse University Magazine

Hard Earned


Stacy Pearsall is widely known for her award-winning work as a military combat photographer and the founder of the Veterans Portrait Project. This fall, the campus community had the opportunity to view her extraordinary images through Hard Earned: The Military Photographs of Stacy Pearsall, an exhibition that runs through January 24 at the SUArt Galleries. A 2005 graduate of the Newhouse School’s Military Photojournalism program, Pearsall began her career as an Air Force photographer at age 17 and was twice named the National Press Photographers Association’s Military Photographer of the Year (2003 and 2007). During three tours in Iraq, Pearsall earned the Bronze Star Medal and Commendation with Valor for heroic actions under fire. Now combat disabled and retired from military service, she travels the world as a freelance photographer and is also an author, educator, military consultant, and public speaker. During a campus visit in November, she welcomed veterans and active duty service members from the University and local communities to participate in her Veterans Portrait Project.

Unconcealed.jpgUnconcealed, March 17, 2007
archival pigment print
16 1/2 x 25 inches
After clearing 14 fake improvised explosive devices and six live bombs, soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team dismount and begin clearing the neighboring houses in Buhriz, Iraq, on March 17, 2007.