Syeus Mottel

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1930 - 2014
Syeus Mottel, 83 died of Myelodysplastic Syndrome, the morning of January 25th in his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Mr. Mottel received many honors for his activities both as a theater director/producer in regional, university, off broadway and off/off broadway venues.

As a photographer he has been widely published in many international periodicals.

In 1965, Lee Strasberg of the Actor's Studio granted him exclusive permission to photograph at the Actor's Studio. This resulted in a ten year photographic archive of the Studio from 1965-1975. His photographic mentor was Bruce Davidson of Magnum Photography.

He then became Media Consultant to R. Buckminster Fuller, with his media documentation of Fuller's activities widely published.

One of the projects that Fuller was involved with in NYC resulted in a book published by Mr. Mottel titled 'Charas The Improbable Dome Builders, published in 1973.'

In May 2010, his cultural photographs of the 1960's were shown at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn in a multi-media collaboration titled 'Osmotic Imagination' with his son Matthew's music. This project unearthed never before published photographs of the Silver Apples, Martin Luther King, Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, John Cage and more.

When asked what his photographic method was, Mottel replied 'I was looking to make a diary."

He also recently worked with such luminaries as Malachy McCourt and Joan Copeland, directing and producing projects for them.

He is survived by his son Matthew & Partner Brigette, his Wife Susan and Brother Alan.

A Gathering for family, friends and associates will be held 1pm, February 23rd at The Culture Center of NY at 410 Columbus Avenue at 80th street.


"I was a Doer and You Should Be One Too"

Syeus Mottel
May 10 1930 - January 25th, 2014
Published on NYTimes.com from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2014