The combat images of award-winning photographer Stacy Pearsall are on display now through October 31 at the Sarratt Gallery in an exhibit entitled “Their Assigned Mission: Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Named Photographer of the Year in 2003 and 2007 by the National Press Photographers Association, Pearsall is only the second woman since 1967 to receive this honor. 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.
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. In January 2002 she entered Combat Camera Squadron. Wounded in action in 2003 and 2007 in Iraq, Pearsall was medically retired from the Air Force. She began advocacy work through such programs as the Wounded Warrior Program, Real Warriors, Bob Woodruff Foundation, and the Wounded Warrior Games.
A reception will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, in Sarratt Gallery in conjunction with Vanderbilt Homecoming events. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.