Already middle-aged and entirely self-taught when she fixed her camera on the burgeoning Seattle music scene in the early 1960s, improbable rock photographer Jini Dellaccio became a consistent chronicler, capturing both the area’s rising ambassadors — The Sonics, The Wailers — and more famous passers-by like The Rolling Stones, The Who and Neil Young.
That Dellaccio largely slipped under the greater pop-culture radar is being corrected with Her Aim Is True, a documentary by Karen Whitehead, executive produced by Eddie Vedder, and filmed a few years before Dellaccio died in July at age 97. The film is winding through the festival circuit and is available stateside through video-on-demand. The reality that her subjects were 20 years younger and living a lifestyle dramatically different from her own was no deterrent to Dellaccio.
“I was fascinated with how she just kept moving, and never allowed the expectations of the time and conformity to stop her,” says Whitehead. “She had this quality where she really engages with you.”
-Cathy Applefeld Olson