Veterans Portrait Project: Raritan High School
Organized by: Stacy Pearsall
EVENT DATE May 05, 2016
We're raising money to host a Veterans Portrait Project at Raritan High School in Hazlet, NJ, in May 2016. The purpose of this event is to provide photography students with advanced studio lighting and portrait photography skills, while also giving the students an opportunity to interact with local military veterans. Each student will have the rare chance to take a portrait of a local area veteran with the guided support of former combat photographer Stacy Pearsall and Kristine Bosworth with Nikon Professional Services (NPS). Not only will the students gain new photographic skills through Pearsall's and Bosworth's teachings, but they'll also be reaching out to important members of their community. They'll be able to say thank you to America's heroes through the art of photography.
More about the Veterans Portrait Project: Some are smiling. Others gaze at a distant point. All are veterans. The Veterans Portrait Project (VPP) began while Stacy Pearsall recovered from combat injuries sustained in Iraq. Spending hours in VA waiting rooms surrounded by veterans from every generation and branch of service, Pearsall was compelled to honor and thank them in the only way she knows how, photography. The Veterans Portrait Project totals 5,000 veterans and grows daily.
More about disable combat veteran and photographer Stacy Pearsall: Stacy L. Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During her time in the service, she traveled to over 41 countries, and attended S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Now combat disabled and retired from military service, Pearsall continues to work worldwide as a freelance photographer, and is an author, educator, military consultant, public speaker and founder of the Veterans Portrait Project. Pearsall was one of only two women to win NPPA's Military Photographer of the Year competition, and the only woman to have earned it twice. She's been honored as the Air Force Veteran of the Year by the Air Force Band and PBS, presented the Trojan Labor American Hero Award, honored with the Daughters of the American Revolution Margaret Cochran Corbin Award, lauded by the White House as a Champion of Change, and holds an honorary doctoral degree from The Citadel. The release of her first photography book, Shooter: Combat from Behind the Camera, received worldwide praise as "A book of the highest levels in the annals of combat journalism." And her second book, A Photojournalist's Field Guide: In the Trenches with Combat Photographer Stacy Pearsall, is "A must have for every aspiring photographer out there, and even pros can pick up a few new tricks to help them become better photographers."