Jordan Stein

  • April Dawn Alison, Untitled, n.d. Photo: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of Andrew Masullo.
    interviews November 15, 2019

    Andrew Masullo on April Dawn Alison

    For many years, a commercial photographer named Alan Schaefer (1941–2008) privately created an extraordinary body of work: a series of over 9,000 Polaroid self-portraits of an exuberant woman known as April Dawn Alison.

    While little is known of Alan—neighbors recalled he loved jazz and baseball—April Dawn is well documented in many and various domestic performances: as a French maid, bikini model, bondage partner, and more. Several hundred of these Polaroids are being presented publicly for the first time in an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, organized by curator Erin