Jini Dellaccio

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind (and, in our opinion, the coolest—screening everything from alluring art flicks to twisted sci-fi). During the 39th-annual fest, now through June 9, we’ll be sharing favorite films hand-picked for us by the SIFF team.

Director: Karen Whitehead

From SIFF.net: Starting in the 1960s, revered rock music photographer Jini Dellaccio created startling and artistic portraits for bands like The Sonics and The Wailers, rejecting the boring five-member line-up and producing iconic album covers. She’s now 96, living in Seattle, and as cool as ever. World Premiere. (More info)

From Beth Barrett, SIFF’s Director of Programming:Her Aim is True is an extraordinary story of a groundbreaking local artist, Jini Dellaccio. From her early years as a saxophonist with the ‘girl groups’ of the Depression era to the stunning photographic portraits of 1960s musicians breaking the mold, Jini brings passion and sophistication to her iconic art. Karen Whitehead’s film connects us to a true Seattle treasure.”

Screening in Seattle:
May 26 – 4:00pm Harvard Exit – World Premiere
May 27 – 2:00pm Harvard Exit


Further Reading:
See more photos by Jini Dellaccio,
and watch more SIFF Picks movie trailers.


In honor of the Seattle Music Project, a photo exhibit on display in our flagship Seattle store, we’ll be highlighting iconic Northwest musicians from the past five decades. Today: amped-up garage rock and melodic pop from the ’60s.

Text below by Charles R. Cross, excerpted from the exhibit.

photo by Jini Dellaccio

“Jini Dellaccio was a commercial photographer who photographed many of the classic bands from the ‘Louie Louie’ era. Her most memorable portraits were of the proto-punk band The Sonics, whose songs ‘The Witch’ and ‘Psycho’ would influence bands from the Sex Pistols to Nirvana. Dellaccio often shot her subjects in their street clothes in natural settings. This iconic photograph of the Sonics on a Gig Harbor beach, just below Dellaccio’s home, also captured a foggy winter day. Their clothes—peacoats, sweaters, and Beatle boots—were their own, a significant shift from earlier pop bands, who wore uniforms or matching stage outfits.”


photo by Jini Dellaccio

“Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts scored one of the first top-ten hits by a Northwest act with the 1968 million-seller ‘Angel of the Morning.’ Jini Dellaccio photographed them in her yard, as she did many bands, by a reflective pool. The distinctive stage outfits worn by the Turnabouts were common for pop groups at the time, and taken out of the music context, they could just as easily have been the outfits of circus performers.”


photo by Jini Dellaccio

“Jini Dellaccio sought to capture bands in their element—backstage, onstage, or in rehearsal. This photograph of the Tacoma band The Wailers was taken from behind a tiny stage inside the Hudson’s Bay department store in Victoria, British Columbia. The two women were ‘fans,’ as the band recalls, though they may have been store employees on duty during the group’s appearance.”


The Seattle Music Project is an exhibit of photos and ephemera commemorating five decades of Northwest music. Curated by renowned local photographer Lance Mercer, the exhibit resides in the Men’s Shop of our Downtown Seattle store, now through the end of October.

All three photos above © Jini Dellaccio. View more of her work here: Jini Dellaccio Collection.

[Songs courtesy of Etiquette Records and Bell Records. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]