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Citadel News Service
6 May 2011

Cadet Bonete receives Pearsall award for photographic excellence

Chosen by her peers for outstanding photographic vision and aptitude, Cadet Diana Bonete has received the first Stacy L. Pearsall Citation for Photographic Excellence.

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Cadet Diana Bonete received the first Stacy L. Pearsall Citation for Photographic Excellence. She is pictured here with veteran combat photographer Stacy Pearsall.

As part of the The Citadel’s Fulghum Lecture Series, Pearsall, a veteran combat photographer, gave a multimedia presentation on her career in September 2010 and generously donated an exhibition of her work curated by visiting Assistant Professor Tiffany Silverman. Motivated by the enthusiasm and developing skills she saw in the cadets over the course of the semester, Pearsall created this citation in partnership with B&H Photo and Video.

A member of Silverman’s Art Appreciation class, Bonete attended the lecture and was deeply moved by Pearsall’s example.

"She's the main reason I wanted to start photography,” said Bonete. “She made me realize that photography captures moments on people's faces that last for a lifetime. I'm honored to receive an award like this and I definitely want to continue with photography."

When Silverman offered The Citadel’s first photography class in spring 2011, Bonete was at the front of the line. “I knew I had to take it,” she said. “I even joined the rifle team so I had first pick of classes. I found that I spent more time with my camera than my rugby ball, despite being the Citadel rugby team captain.”

Bonete’s photography is currently on view in Capers Hall Lobby as part of“Extra(ordinary)”, the exhibition of work created during the photography class. She received $250 courtesey of B&H Photo and Video, a supporter of the non-profit Charleston Center for Photography (CC for P) that is owned by Pearsall, herself a decorated combat photojournalist.

“I'm thrilled to be associated with the continued development of The Citadel’s photography program," said Pearsall. “I hope to inspire the future members of our military and photography community by encouraging their various art endeavors.”

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