Jini Dellaccio

A musician herself during her '30s youth in Indiana, Jini Dellaccio became a sympathetic portrait photographer when documenting Seattle's rock bands of the early to mid '60s. The Sonics, The Wailers et al knew they were far from New York and L.A. The Beatles had just broken, and the hippies hadn't really emerged. The new music scene wasn't codified yet. As a result, when Dellaccio posed these musicians, often on her rural property near Gig Harbor, the fashions and lack of rock-star attitude don't really mesh with our received notions of that decade. Short hair is the rule. The bands wear cardigan sweaters, pegged trousers, and Beatle boots. Dellaccio puts them in trees, has them frolic on the beach, and even walk a small lapdog on a leash (yes, humiliating). There's a light-heartedness to these large black-and-white photos, an informality between the subjects and Dellaccio. (A few color shots from later in the decade are also included in the show, Rock & Roll.) And though she, at age 94, still takes pictures, there's a certain melancholy to the lost music—perhaps preserved on vinyl on some collectors' dusty shelves—of forgotten bands like The Daily Flash, The Emergency Exit, The Bards, and The Raymarks. In her portraits, there's the innocent suggestion that the Mersey Beat could somehow be transported to Puget Sound. There's also a visual echo of Astrid Kirchherr's Hamburg-era photos of the Fab Four. Coincidence, or did Dellaccio see them? Maybe the vibe was something she heard on a 45 and recreated with her Rolliflex. BRIAN MILLER

Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fridays-Sundays, 12-8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 1. Continues through Dec. 16, 2011

 
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