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Citadel News Service
8 Feb 2012

Cadet Pei-Hsuan Tsou receives award for photographic excellence

For his outstanding photographic vision and aptitude, Cadet Pei-Hsuan Tsou of Taiwan has received the Stacy L. Pearsall Citation for Photographic Excellence.

For his outstanding photographic vision and aptitude, Cadet Pei-Hsuan Tsou of Taiwan has received the Stacy L. Pearsall Citation for Photographic Excellence.

Tsou’s winning photograph, along with photographs by his peers in the photography class, is on display through Feb. 10 in the exhibition “In Focus” in the lobby of Capers Hall.Tsou's photo and that of other cadets are also available online through Digital Collections @ The Citadel, an online database accessible to the public that is maintained by the Daniel Library to promote the discovery of a variety of digital material. To view,please click here.  

Working with a camera that was a gift from his father, Tsou taught himself the basics of photography before serving as an intern with Citadel Photographer Russ Pace. Realizing his affinity for the medium, Tsou then signed up for Instructor Tiffany Silverman’s Photography course to learn more.

“Photography leads me to look at the same thing in various views which endows me with an open mind and a complete understanding of the same thing,” Tsou said. “Many common things in our lives are different from what we think if we look them in different ways.”

Tsou received as an award Perfect Photo Suite 6 m, which was donated by onOne, a supporter of the non-profit Charleston Center for Photography, which is owned by Pearsall, herself a decorated combat photojournalist.

Cadet Pei-Hsuan Tsou of Taiwan received the first Stacy L. Pearsall Citation for Photographic Excellence for this photograph called "Black Up, White Down."

“I'm thrilled to be associated with the continued development of The Citadel photography program,” said Pearsall, who is also a member of School of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board. “I hope to inspire the future members of our military and photography community by fostering their growth through various art endeavors.”

Tsou is particularly pleased to receive photo editing software as an award. A class field trip to the darkroom at Redux Contemporary Art Center “changed my photography concept completely,” said Tsou, when he realized the importance of postproduction editing. “Without postproduction, photography is not a complete cycle. It makes photos closer to the photographer’s original intentions.” 

Tsou intends to continue learning about photography.

“I appreciate Ms. Pearsall and onOne for this gift, and thank my teachers for their help," he said. 

After graduation from in May, Tsou will return to Taiwan and serve in the Air Force with the goal of becoming a diplomat.

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