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Erin O'Toole, April Dawn Alison, 2019

40 Euro

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When April Dawn Alison died at age 67 in San Francisco in 2008, no one knew who she was. Since the 1970s she had been a recluse, appearing only after work and on weekends to take Polaroid self-portraits in her apartment, dressed as movie stars, housewives and porn actresses. During the day, April Down Alison was called “Alan” and known as a commercial photographer. By night, she found the courage to be herself. As soon as April Dawn’s archive of 9200 Polaroid self-portraits was donated to MOMA, the curator, Erin O’Toole, recognized their value. Thus was born a book that is needed in a time of constant debate around what concerns gender, identity and LGBTQ rights. April Dawn Alison is a long-term exploration of a hidden, non-public self through photographs that are aesthetically successful, hilarious, funny, enigmatic, heartbreaking, and often all of these things at once.

“It’s a way of seeing yourself as you think you are, or as you can’t yet be in the world.”

– Erin O’Toole

Erin O’Toole, April Dawn Alison

MACK, 2019

24.5 x 27.5 cm

220 pages



ISBN 978-1-912339-43-3