Pinky Bass presentation – Giddens

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Marion McCall (Pinky) Bass was born in Pittsburg, PA in 1936. She moved to Fairhope with her mother and sister in 1940 to live with her grandmother, Lois Slosson Sundberg, for the duration of WWII. Bass attended the Marietta Johnson School for Organic Learning and later the Fairhope Elementary School, moving to Knoxville, TN in the 5th grade. She received her BA in Bible from Agnes Scott College and later her MFA in Photography from Georgia State University. She returned to Fairhope in 1988 to live with her aunt in one of the old family homes. Bass has exhibited her work and taught pinhole photography throughout the state of Alabama. She received an Alabama Artist Fellowship Grant and recently received the Mobile Arts Council Visual Arts Award.

After beginning her photography career at age 50 Bass discovered that her grandmother had been making glass negative photographs at the turn of the century, under the tutelage of Frank Stewart, the Picture Man. Bass has maintained the family’s extensive photographic collection, assembled by her aunt Ruth Sundberg. She continues to investigate images of people and places she does not recognize and collects family stories.

Her presentation today is entitled LOIS SLOSSON SUNDBERG: One of Many Unheralded Builders of the Rich Heritage that is Fairhope