KAHULUI - A two-time National Press Photographers Association military photographer of the year, who was injured in battle in Iraq, will be discussing combat photography Monday at the University of Hawaii-Maui College.
Stacy Pearsall will be appearing with her husband, Andy Dunaway, also a combat photojournalist, at the gathering in the Pilina Building beginning at 6 p.m. Their appearance is a prelude to the second Maui Photo Festival & Workshops that runs from Wednesday to Aug. 29 at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa.
Pearsall is one of only two women to win the NPPA Military Photographer of the Year competition, and the only woman to have won it twice. During her three tours in Iraq, she earned the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Commendation with Valor for heroic actions under fire, according an article on the U.S. Air Force website.
Stacy Pearsall, an award-winning combat photographer of the year, will be giving a free talk with her husband, Andy Dunaway, on Monday as a prelude to the Maui Photo Festival & Workshops, Wednesday to Aug. 29.
She was wounded twice in action; the second injury forced her to give up being a combat photographer and retire from the Air Force, the article said.
Pearsall currently owns the Charleston Center for Photography, which is a photographic education center and studio rental source in Charleston, S.C., the Eddie Adams Workshop website said.
Her husband has more than 20 years of experience as a combat photojournalist and has had his work published in National Geographic, Newsweek, The New York Times and Time. He was chosen to be Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's personal photographer, the Eddie Adams Workshop website said.
Their talk is free.
The couple will be leading classes on digital photography basics at the five-day festival. They also will supervise a pair of doors-off helicopter excursions as part of the festival, which celebrates the growing popularity of digital photography.
The festival brings top digital photography training to Hawaii and offers workshops for the novice to professional in classroom sessions, demonstrations, locations shoots and hands-on events.
More than 52 on-site sessions taught by 26 top digital imaging professionals are available to registered attendees and included in the festival fee. Evening programs Thursday to Saturday, beginning at 7:30, are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The $595 fee includes the opening reception, three full session days and the awards ceremony. The kamaaina rate for five days is $495. One- and two-day passes are available. An educational rate of $395 applies to both students and teachers with credentials.
Presenter, downloadable class schedule and registration information are available on the website www.mauiphotofestival.com.
Sponsors for the workshops include the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Maui.