Finding the First Woman Photographer of Cool: Jini Dellaccio

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This is a guest post by Karen Whitehead, a film director.  She’s completed her film on Jini Dellaccio called “Her Aim is True.”

If you were asked to name some of the boldest images of 20th century rock photography, you could be forgiven for not mentioning, Neil Young “flying like a bird” on his Laurel Canyon rooftop, one of the earliest documented performance moments of The Who’s Pete Townsend’s guitar flying through the air, a bunch of punk rockers lounging high in a tree, circa 1964. Remember that date!

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When I decided to tell the unknown story of pioneering rock and roll photographer, Jini Dellaccio, I became fascinated by the impact of photography, as an art form. I soon realized that I had stumbled upon something much more than a little known archive of cool band shots taken in the mid 1960s by a middle-aged self-taught photographer.



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