Syeus Mottel's shots of the electro rock duo in action on a rooftop and elsewhere in New York
These previously unpublished photos of electronic duo Silver Apples, taken by Syeus Mottel, come from two performances in New York City in the spring of 1968: a rooftop music industry gathering, and a public perfomance in Washington Square.
Mottel, who died in 2014, was a photojournalist who documented the work of Buckminster Fuller – he published the book Charas The Improbable Dome Builders in 1973 – as well as John Cage, Miles Davis and many more. His son Matthew, a musician and the synth player in the group Talibam!, became aware of the pictures when he told his father that he was going to go to NYC club The Cooler to see Silver Apples in 1998, and Syeus replied, "Oh yeah, they were friends of mine, I photographed them, here are the photos."
An extensive archiving process of Syeus Mottel's photo archive is ongoing. Matthew Mottel is currently touring an audiovisual performance based on his father’s cultural and political photography called Osmotic Imagination. The presentation includes candid pictures of Martin Luther King, a double bill of Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk at The Village Gate in 1967, shots of John Cage, Miles Davis, and more.
Osmotic Imagination next visits Boston Hassle on November 4–5 for an event also featuring performances by Silver Apples and many more – you can find more information here. You can check out Matthew's performance alongside Syeus's photos from Tokyo’s Super Deluxe/Dada Festival 2015 online, and digital prints of his Silver Apples photography for sale can be found here.