Renowned Rock Photographer Jini Dellaccio Dies At 97
We are saddened to announce the death of Northwest photographer Jini Dellaccio, whose iconic photos of '60s Northwest bands and national touring acts were unique in every sense of the word.
Born in 1917, Jini began her career as a fashion photographer in Long Beach, CA, before moving with her husband to Gig Harbor in 1958. While in the process of launching her own commercial photography business in 1962, Jini landed an exhibition at the Tacoma Art Museum.
Her work caught the interest of a PR man for the hottest rock band in the area at the time, The Wailers, who were seeking a fresh new look for the design of their forthcoming album. Her photos of the band, shot in two Tacoma parks, were remarkably sophisticated, and her photos graced the next two Wailers albums, Wailers, Wailers Everywhere and Out of Our Tree.
She enjoyed the experience so much that she began attending local shows and setting up photo sessions with other NW bands such as The Sonics (cover photos for Here Are The Sonics, Sonics Boom & Introducing The Sonics), Daily Flash, Don & The Goodtimes and many others.
She also documented national touring acts when they came to town - The Who, The Yardbirds and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels were among the many she shot. Jini's journey in becoming America's first woman rock & roll photographer is chronicled in the recent documentary, Her Aim Is True.
Easy Street is currently hosting the only exhibition of Jini's groundbreaking photographs currently on display. Come visit our cafe and see the history of Northwest rock & roll unfold before your eyes!
Jini Dellaccio @ Easy Street Records is located at 4559 California Ave. SW.