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Remembering Jini Dellaccio 1917-2014

Jini @ 96

Legendary photographer Jini Dellaccio died peacefully on the afternoon of July 3rd—she was 97 years old.  Jini was an American photographer best known for her images of Pacific Northwest rock and pop acts of the 1960s, particularly the Sonics, Wailers, Daily Flash, and Don and the Goodtimes. Jini’s photographs were the subject of her first major exhibition at PCNW in 2011, a well-deserved and long-overdue achievement that was met with great excitement, love, and admiration by our community and everyone who knew Jini.

Ann Pallesen, our gallery director shares, “We are honored to have hosted Jini’s first gallery show—she was such a talented photographer with a unique and distinctive style. She often photographed bands outdoors in the lush Pacific Northwest—dressed in their suits—clowning around, and in unconventional arrangements. She had a unique approach that was much different than the commercial photography of her time, and she made her mark in history. She will be greatly missed.”

Memorial Service to be determined.

The Jini Dellaccio Collection is showing her photographs at Easy Street Records in West Seattle.  All sales of prints and any donations will go in her honor to:

Carl & Jini Dellaccio Scholarship Fund
Artist Trust
1835 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 467.8734 (please write “Dellaccio Scholarship” in the Comments line)


Jini Dellaccio, Self Portrait, 1960

Jini Dellaccio, Self Portrait, 1960

Piece of Cake in Seattle!


PCNW is excited to welcome members of Piece of Cake (POC), who have chosen PCNW as the location for their summer meeting. POC is a collective of contemporary photographers in Europe and North America whose purpose is to interact as they create, produce, and distribute their works—with a focus on collaboration over competition. 

On July 16–20 members of POC will be at PCNW discussing their work, teaching workshops, and interacting with our community. We have organized a public roundtable on July 19th where they will introduce the diversity of the group while discussing the opportunities available to photographers who wish to build their own networks. This is a great opportunity to see how a group of movers and shakers of the contemporary art world are supporting each other in their collective success. It’s rare that we have all these artists in one place, right here in the Northwest. We invite you to attend, spread the word, and share with your students and colleagues.

The POC members in attendance will be:
Sonja Thomsen
Birthe Piontek
Justin James Reed
Cara Phillips
Tim Briner
Matt Gamber
Amy Stein

Roundtable: Creative Investment in Your Collective Community
Saturday, July 19, 4PM at PCNW

Workshop: Using Your On-Camera Flash with Matthew Gamber and Tim Briner

Workshop: Professional Practice for Photographers with Amy Stein

Selfies vs Self Portraits – Long Shot Weekend!

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Long Shot is this weekend (June 20-22!). Register now to participate in one-day of global image making and lots of fun activities throughout the weekend. Register NOW and join 1,000 people on Friday, June 20th, making pictures on the same day around the world. Amongst the exciting public programs taking place throughout the weekend, we are excited to invite our friends from Siren for a selfies workshop!

Selfie versus Self-Portrait, 2-3 pm | Saturday, June 21st
Come learn about Siren, the free dating app that empowers women and cheers on good men. Artist and app CEO Susie Lee and photographer Virginia Wilcox will lead a workshop on selfies that reveal the inner self. What is the difference between a self and self-portrait? Discuss the do’s and don’ts of selfie-making (do: look smart, don’t: make duck lips). Take home a fujifilm instax print that reveals the true you.

Long Shot Weekend Events

Gina White

Join us for a fun-filled Long Shot weekend—here are some events that you can participate in! Whether you’re taking photographs all day Friday, or just making one image,  there are events and activities you won’t want to miss.

Friday, June 20th

Paper Negatives
Join Gina for an afternoon of shooting with paper negatives and experimentation. 12–5pm at PCNW and nearby locations!

Night Shooting
Janet Neuhauser will lead a Night Photography meet-up in Georgetown from 9:30pm–1:30am! Registration is free and is limited to 25 people. Call the front desk to reserve your spot.

Saturday, June 21

Let me take a selfie!
Artists Susie Lee and Virginia Wilcox will present a free workshop on selfies in partnership with Siren, a dating app made for—and by—women. Stop by PCNW 2–3pm for a selfies session and learn how to put your best self forward!

Darkroom Time
Gina White will be in the darkrooms 1-4pm.

Engage with our Sponsors!
Long Shot sponsors Pic Monkey, Legion, and Rising will have tables at PCNW from 1-4pm.

Video Streaming and Updates
Keep up on on Facebook for video streaming and updates!

Sunday, June 22

Long Shot community event! Join us for a celebration of photography and community at PCNW. Make a donation to PCNW and walk away with a Long Shot print. Drinks, snacks, and beats by DJ Riz!


Making Long Shot happen…

We’re so excited about Long Shot, are you?! The event is right around the corner but we need YOU as we aim to get 1,000 people making pictures on the same day around the world—any camera, anywhere. Hurry over here to register and share it with your friends!


Long Shot has a lot of moving parts, and its takes a lot of time and effort to make this a wonderful experience for all. We truly couldn’t do this without the support of our wonderful sponsors, who swoop in along the way to save the day!

Our main event sponsor this year is PicMonkey! PicMonkey makes creative tools for photo editing and graphic design—they want you to rock the universe. PicMonkey helps you show your creativity, your style, your spot-on brilliance. Oh, and if you’re looking for a photo editor like Picnik or the people who made it, yup, that’s PicMonkey!

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Also joining us as Long Shot sponsors this year are one of the Northwest’s leading architecture and planning firms, Bosworth Hoedemaker; McAdams Wright Ragen, Inc, the premier independent investment advisor, broker and investment banker in the Northwest; and BECU, Washington’s leading and largest credit union.


A big thank you to Legion Paper, Rising, and Hahnemüehle for helping us ensure that Long Shot photographs are printed and presented on the best materials available. All Long Shot images will be carefully printed by PCNW’s digital printing staff on beautiful Hahnemühle papers, and then backed with archival Rising Museum Board generously provided by Legion Paper.



Finally, we can’t spread the word about Long Shot without the help of our national media sponsor, PDN and our local media sponsor, The Stranger.


Introducing: Long Shot Ambassadors

Long Shot is our annual spring fundraiser—join us for a three days of global image making and conversation around photography on the summer solstice weekend!

This year a group of nationally-known Long Shot Ambassador photographers are inviting you to join them in making photographs on the summer solstice weekend. We are excited to introduce some of the fabulous artists that are joining the Long Shot festivities this year!

Join them and REGISTER TODAY!



Renaldi is a New York-based photographer.  Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. Renaldi’s most recent monograph Touching Strangers, was released by the Aperture Foundation in the spring of 2014, an exhibition of this work will be on view at PCNW in the fall of 2014.

Lor Nix


Lori Nix is a New York-based artist originally from Kansas. Her photographs bend the line between truth and illusion—she constructs miniatures and models which illuminate her interest in the disaster movies of the 1970s and her memories of growing up in Kansas—a place that seems to attract disasters like no other. Over the past thirty years, the constructed photograph has become an integral voice in the dialogue of contemporary photography.



Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He has exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and his work is in numerous major public collections including the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.



Wyatt Gallery, a person not a place, is New York-based award-winning photographer mostly found in the Caribbean. He uses his photographs to raise awareness and support for communities damaged by natural disasters. His work has been exhibited worldwide—including at PCNW in 2011—and is in major public, private, and corporate collections. His work has been featured in Esquire, the New York Times magazine, Departures, Condé Nast Traveler, Mother Jones, Oprah’s OWN TV, NBC, the LA Times, Fast Company, NY1 News, and more.



Kelli Connell is a Chicago-based artist, her body of work entitled Double Life has been widely received and included in numerous national solo and group exhibitions, including the Author and Subject exhibition at PCNW.  Her work is in the collections of Microsoft, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Haggerty Museum of Art and The Dallas Museum of Art. Kelli Connell: Double Life was published by DECODE Books in Fall 2011.



Brian Smith is a Pulitzer-prize winning photographer, and the 2014 winner of the PDN Annual Award for Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. For the past 30 years, his iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes and executives have been used in advertising, by corporations and have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines. Brian is a Sony Artisan of Imagery, Loweprofessional and X-Rite Coloratti. He is President of Editorial Photographers, an organization of the top magazine photographers and newspaper photojournalists from around the world.



Tony Gale is an award-winning photographer based in New York originally from the Northwest. Tony teaches photographic lighting at Parsons the New School for Design in NYC, he has also taught at SVA in NYC, judged photo contests, and has traveled the country leading workshops for American Photographic Artists.

Long Shot 2014: How does it work?

Long Shot 2014
Image © Grace Weston, Long Shot 2013

Thank you for joining us for this year’s Long Shot event on June 20-22! Your participation helps us continue to provide outstanding programming around photography in our region. Long Shot is a fun way to support PCNW and experience photography—three days of global image making on the summer solstice weekend!

Long Shot is a little bit different this year, and here is how it’s going to work:

Right now: Register! Your donation of $20 grants you registration and participation in Long Shot, that completes your contribution for the event, no further donations will be asked of you! You and your friends can register at www.pcnw.or/longshot

June 20You, along with Ambassador photographers Lori Nix, Richard Renaldi, Hank Willis Thomas, and hundreds of other photographers, unite worldwide in one day of image making.

June 21A local and national panel of reviewers selects one image per participant; your selected image will be printed at PCNW for exhibition and fundraiser Sunday.

June 22: Community celebration and fundraiser exhibition–every donor to PCNW goes home with a unique Long Shot photograph!

Click here for more info on Long Shot!

Register for summer classes by June 6th!

Register Today!


Summer is a great time to explore photography! This summer’s offerings include full quarter classes, part time workshops and a variety of crash courses . Whether you are looking to explore portraiture, get your hands in the darkroom, master digital photography or multi-media—there is something for everyone! Check out our exciting offerings and make sure to register for classes by June 6th!

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: MAY 30 (download application)

Photography I: Black and White
Photography I: Digital
Digital Imaging I: Photoshop Fundamentals
Photography II: Black and White

Design for Photographers
Introduction to Video and Multimedia for Photographers
The Art of Portraiture: Photographing in Natural Light
The Narrative in Photography

Storytelling with Photographs | May 21–June 18
Introduction to Lightroom | May 31–June 1
Matting and Framing on a Budget | May 31
A Dog’s World: Seeing My Dog as a Great Photographic Subject | May 31 & June 7
Studio / Dedicated Flash | June 1
Introduction to Documentary Photography | June 6–8
Conservation Photography | June 24–July 22
Introduction to Wet Plate Collodion: Tintypes & Ambrotypes | June 28–29
Lightroom Bootcamp | Aug 4 – 8
Introduction to Large Format Photography | Date TBD

Creative Digital Photography for Teens | July 21–25
Intro to Digital Photography for Teens | June 24–27
Creative Photography for Teens (Darkroom) | July 28–Aug 1
Street Photography – Photographing Seattle’s Neighborhoods | Aug 11–15

Crash Course in Black & White Film Photography | May 17
Crash Course in Black and White Printing (Darkroom) | June 7
Crash Course in Digital SLR Photography | Multiple dates
Crash Course in Adobe Photoshop | Multiple dates
Crash Course: Photographing in Natural Light | Multiple dates

(Tree Photograph by Bridget Baker/ PCNW Student)