Two Worlds Converge in a Photo Exhibition

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Aljoya Thornton Place opens Jini Dellaccio and Chris Bennion Photo Exhibition, May 23.

When I started shooting rock & roll in the 1960s, I just fell in love with these young musicians. I used to think of them as my kids. They have become marvelous musicians, and I was proud to photograph them.

Preeminent photographers, Jini Dellaccio and Chris Bennion, converge rock music and theater in the exhibition, Two Worlds.

The show is free to the public and opens Thursday, May 23rd with a reception from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St. in North Seattle.

Jini Dellaccio brought a remarkable degree of sophistication to her portraits of blue-collar rock musicians of the early-to mid-60’s. Her iconic images of seminal Northwest rock ‘n’ roll bands, such as the Sonics and the Wailers as well as legendary touring acts including the The Who, Yardbirds, and Neil Young among countless others, capture both the aesthetics and attitudes of these influential groups mirroring the raw, energetic, and often menacing music that characterized early Northwest rock ‘n’ roll. "When I started shooting rock & roll in the 1960s, I just fell in love with these young musicians. I used to think of them as my kids. They have become marvelous musicians, and I was proud to photograph them," said Dellaccio. The artist recently celebrated her 96th birthday.

Chris Bennion has been active as the preeminent photographer of Northwest theatre for almost 40 years, receiving a Gregory Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009. Bennion is valued for his tireless effort, versatility, and quality of work based on the intimate knowledge of the productions he shoots to achieve the photographer’s consummate objective: to be at the right place at the right time to get the right shots. He has worked with the Intiman, ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 5th Avenue, Seattle Opera, Empty Space, Book-It, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Alice B.    

In working on the exhibition with June Sekiguchi, Era Living's art curator, Bennion commented, "Since 1973 I have been documenting a substantial part of Seattle’s cultural history during a time when Seattle went from a small, relatively isolated city to a cultural and intellectual center of significance both nationally and internationally. Being a part of Seattle’s coming-of-age is an ongoing privilege that has enriched my life and helped sustain me.”

The exhibition runs through September 23, 2013. To attend the opening reception with Dellaccio and Bennion and music by Stevel Lalor of the Daily Flash, advance reservations are required at 206-306-7920.

Aljoya Thornton Place is the newest addition to Era Living, a private, Seattle-based company of eight premier retirement communities. Aljoya offers a warm, vibrant lifestyle with a vast array of amenities, rich programming, and exceptional Independent Living, Assisted Living, and nursing care.

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