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Taken over the course of thirty years, the photographs in this book depict the many faces of April Dawn Alison, the female character of a photographer based in Oakland, Calif., Who has lived in the world as a man. This unpublished body of self-portraits, which was donated to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2017, tentatively begins in the 1970s in black and white and evolves in the 1980s into an exuberant, wildly colourful and haunting practice inspired by depictions of women in classic movies, BDSM pornography and advertising. A singular, long-term exploration of a non-public self, the archive contains photographs that are beautiful, hilarious, enigmatic, and heartbreakingly sad, sometimes all of a sudden. With essays by Hilton Als (writer and American theatre critic for The New Yorker), Zackary Drucker (American transgender multimedia artist, LGBT activist, actress and producer of Smash Amazon series Transparent) and Erin O'Toole (associate curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).
Hardback, 220 pages