Shooter: Combat From Behind the Camera with Nikon Ambassador Stacy Pearsall

Friday, March 8, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST) More Information →

Shooter: Combat From Behind the Camera with Nikon Ambassador Stacy Pearsall

Pearsall’s empowering presentation draws upon the hardships she faced as a photographer, and woman, in combat. She’s documented some of the most dangerous battles of our time, has been injured in combat and survived to tell her story. More importantly, she lives to tell others’ stories. Hers is an amazing visual journey of personal and photographic growth. Not only do the images relate the story of the soldiers she’s documented, but also her own tale of friendships she made and tragically lost. You’ll learn how her path to recovery paved the road to her new mission in life, the Veterans Portrait Project.

All attendees will receive 1 year membership to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (Value $35)* and a $20 Midwest Photo Gift Card!

*Details for membership will be emailed post event to email provided when registering.  If purchasing more than 1 ticket, please provide name and email address for all attendees. 

About the National Veterans Memorial and Museum

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum began with a vision from the late Senator John Glenn (1921-2016), Colonel, USMC (Retired), who understood the pressing need to carefully preserve not only the names, dates, and battles but the intimate memories, personal belongings and painful losses of our nation's veterans. His vision is now the guiding principle for the institution he inspired.

These four foundational pillars are to:

  • Honor  Americans’ contributions to our country through military service
  • Connect  civilians with veterans and their experience
  • Inspire  visitors to serve their community and nation as active engaged citizens
  • Educate schoolchildren about the history and value of service

Stacy Pearsall’s “Light During Wartime” is currently scheduled to be on exhibition at the museum through October 2019. Visit for more information. 

About Stacy

Stacy L. Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During her time in service, she traveled to over 41 countries, and attended the Military Photojournalism Program at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University from which she is a 50 Forward distinguished graduate. During three combat tours, she earned the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation with Valor for combat actions in Iraq. Though combat disabled and retired from military service, Pearsall has not let her disabilities hold her back. With her service animal America’s VetDogs Charlie by her side, she continues to work worldwide as an independent photographer and is an author, educator, military consultant, BRAVO748 public speaker and founder of the Veterans Portrait Project

Pearsall is a ​Nikon, ​Manfrotto and Spider Holster Ambassador as well as an ​Ilford Master. Her work has been exhibited at The Woodruff Arts Center, The Pentagon, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum among numerous other galleries and venues. She is one of only three women to win National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Military Photographer of the Year competition, and the first woman to earn it twice. She’s authored two books – Shooter: Combat from Behind the Camera and A Photojournalist’s Field Guide: In the Trenches with Stacy Pearsall both of which have earned international acclaim.

She's been presented with the Jefferson Award and Hill Vets 100 Artist of the Year, honored with the Daughters of the American Revolution Margaret Cochran Corbin Award and the Girl Scout’s Woman of Distinction Award, lauded by President Barack Obama as a White House as a Champion of Change, and she holds an honorary doctoral degree in journalism from The Citadel. Pearsall has served as a nominating juror for the Pulitzer Prize and held a presidential-appointed board member position for the NPPA.

Pearsall began the PDN “Personal Project” award-winning series Veterans Portrait Project (VPP) in 2008 while rehabilitated from the combat injuries sustained in Iraq. While spending hours in VA waiting rooms surrounded by veterans from every generation and branch of service, she was compelled to honor and thank them in the only way she knows how, photography. Since 2008, she’s traveled coast to coast with the VPP and has documented roughly 7,500 veterans in over 150+ engagements.