Thanks to a generous gift from the Jini Dellaccio Collection, we are excited to announce that the work of photographer Jini Dellaccio (January 31, 1917 - July 3, 2014) will not only be making its return to Harbor History Museum in November, 2017, but will also be the inaugural exhibit in Harbor History Museum's new Traveling Exhibition program. The remarkable collection of fashion, music, and portrait photography in stunning, large-format prints debuted at Harbor History Museum in 2012. With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio will premiere at the Harbor History Museum and be expanded through a partnership with the University of Washington's Special Collections to share Dellaccio's story and work across the globe.
Jini Dellaccio left a legacy of breathtaking imagery, capturing time, place and people with uncompromising precision. Her ability to emotionally bond with her subjects lends an intimate quality to her work that is difficult to convey in her chosen medium. It is a measure of the complexity of this artist that her most memorable work involves sympathetic portraits of menacing proto-punk garage bands from the working-class towns of the Pacific Northwest.
A teaching position in Tacoma beckoned the Dellaccios to Gig Harbor in 1962, and Jini's passion for photography blossomed. The Dellaccio home in Gig Harbor was designed for them by famed modernist architect Alan Liddle. It was in that lush waterfront environment where much of Dellaccio's signature work was created. Her stylistic approach reflected the era's prominent Northwest School art movement, which found painters, architects, designers and photographers embracing the natural surroundings of the region. Dellaccio frequently photographed her subjects in and around her Gig Harbor property.