Jini Dellaccio, Leica Shooter, Dies at 97

Seattle-based photographer Jini Dellaccio died last week at the age of 97. She was best known for her images of the Pacific Northwest music scene in the 1960s, including major acts such as Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and the Who - but came to photography later in life. First she was a musician, a homemaker and a painter. She didn't even pick up a camera until she was in her 40s. Her first camera was a Leica, but she's been known to also shoot Rolleiflex, Hasselblad and Fujifilm cameras. More coverage of her passing can be read on Seattle's KUOW and the Seattle Times sites.

Jini decided she should get herself a camera to document her work. She knew nothing about photography. With the help of a friend of her husband, she picked out a Leica, a top-of-the-line camera the professionals used.

"I remember getting that camera, and it was the finest thing I've ever seen," Jini said.

She had no idea how to use it, though. She got a manual and taught herself. At first, she just took photos of her graphic design assignments, but soon Jini started to carry that Leica with her everywhere she went. "People I'd meet, I'd go hey, you're kinda nice looking, let me take your picture. During those years, I was never seen without a camera."

Carl got a teaching job after college, and the couple moved to southern California. Although Jini didn't think of herself as a photographer, she still took her camera with her everywhere.