Maurice Seymour Pt. 3: The Plot Thickens

Quick recap: In Austin, Texas, I bought a strange and lovely old (1940s?) 8×10 glossy of an anonymous dancer. I Googled the photographer’s name (his credit was on the print) and discovered he was a very prolific, abundantly talented Chicago photographer, who shot not only local entertainers, but also world class celebrities like Harry Belafonte and Tony Bennett, not to mention German synth rock pioneers Kraftwerk (!).

After posting here about the portrait and photographer, my friend David Kodeski sent me a message pointing out that Seymour’s son Ron Seymour is also a professional photographer, whose studio is less than a mile from my own. I had heard of Ron Seymour and walked by his studio many times, but I didn’t make the ‘Seymour’ connection when I got the print.

Maurice Seymour update: Kraftwerk!

My previous blog post included a swell publicity still I found in Austin, by a Chicago photographer I had never heard of. I started looking for more of his stills, which were usually shots of celebrities and less well known local entertainers, mainly from the 40s and 50s.  I certainly didn’t expect to see Kraftwerk among his subjects!  Looks like Seymour shot the cover of the great Kraftwerk album “Trans Europe Express,” or at least French and German versions. Check out the Maurice Seymour logo below right. Update, thanks to the Derek Erdman vinyl library: the photo below is on the back cover of the American release.

"Trans Europe Express" Kraftwerk album photo
“Trans Europe Express” Kraftwerk album photo
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“Trans Europe Express,” French version