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Gallery: Unseen photos of Silver Apples in New York 1968

September 2016

Simeon Coxe III of Silver Apples plus friend, public performance at Washington Square, New York 1968

Simeon Coxe III plus friends, public performance at Washington Square, New York 1968

Silver Apples’ Danny Taylor, public performance at Washington Square, New York 1968

Simeon Coxe III, public performance at Washington Square, New York 1968

Public performance at Washington Square, New York 1968

Silver Apples at rooftop music industry event, New York 1968

Simeon Coxe III at rooftop music industry event, New York 1968

Playing a rooftop music industry event, New York 1968

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These previously unpublished photos of electronic duo Silver Apples, taken by Syeus Mottel, come from two performances in New York City in the spring of 1968: a rooftop music industry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.

Meanwhile, you can read much more about Silver Apples in Keith Moliné's cover story in issue 391 of The Wire, which subscribers can read via our online archive.

Comments

I love the expressions of audience people. Fascinated? Bewildered?

Loved getting this info. Sy was a good friend who I met in 1967 through a mutual friend. When I played in Odd Couple in Philly he came to see the play and I went back to NY with him and he took some of the best shots I've ever had. We were friends for life. Still miss him so much.
Thanks Matt for keeping me in the loop.
Gita

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