The Definitive Photograph of Indian Larry

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of Indian Larry’s untimely death, internationally acclaimed portrait photographer Tom Zimberoff has announced the availability of three sets of original, museum-quality prints memorializing Larry’s legendary pose atop his bobber “Grease Monkey.”

These are not cheap copies of a photograph but the real deal, each one a museum-quality original, affordably priced. Available directly from the artist, each beautifully rich and highly-detailed print is dated on the reverse and signed on the obverse; mounted in an acid-free, hinged archival matte, and ready to frame in three different sizes: 11″ x 14″   matte @$150   (image size: 8″ x 12″), 16″ x 20″  matte @$450   (image size: 11″ x 15″),  20″ x 28″ matte @$950   (image size: 16″ x 24″). Prices incl.ude $15 Shipping & Handling to continental USA. For payment, send either a check or a money order payable to Tom Zimberoff may be sent to: Art of the Chopper, 1364 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122. Tom Zimberoff Photowork Shop. (picture is cropped from its original for layout reason)

Zimberoff was born in Los Angeles in 1951. He was raised there and in Las Vegas, Nevada. As one of today’s master portrait artists, Zimberoff’s works are included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Israel Museum in Tel-Aviv, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Oakland Museum of California, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Canton Art Institute in Ohio, as well as several corporate collections and university libraries. A permanent exhibition of his portraits of fifty-two symphony orchestra conductors (Maestro!) is a feature at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum. His first two portrait subjects were Marx and Lennon—that’s Groucho and John. After a ten-year-long hiatus from shooting pictures to pursue other business and academic interests, Zimberoff picked up his cameras once again to illustrate his best-selling book, “Art of the Chopper” (Bulfinch Press), a tribute to his decades-long affinity for custom motorcycles. A second volume was published after its success. Recently he curated an exhibition of his photographs with thirty custom motorcycles at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.The exhibition also appeared at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, FLorida.

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19 Responses to “The Definitive Photograph of Indian Larry”

  1. 1 TBear Mar 2nd, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I guess everyone has to make a buck these days.
    I gave away all the Indian Larry photo’s and the tribute articles I wrote after he passed for free, I guess that I didn’t believe in making money off my friend passing, but that’s just me. Not knocking anyone elses motives.

  2. 2 TBear Mar 2nd, 2010 at 10:44 am
  3. 3 Daniel Mar 2nd, 2010 at 10:48 am

    TBear. On your picture. It”s “Copyright” not “copy write”! Boo, boo.

  4. 4 gabehcuoD Mar 2nd, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Indian Larry is a legend.

    We can do with out the advertisement of a $950 Polaroid of a legend. We already finance our scooters, we dont need to finance a photo. Maybe TZ has a similar program that Harley just came out with?

  5. 5 Don Kelley Mar 2nd, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I understand writing a book or a special issue about Indian Larry (cycle source mag). It is worth money because there is work involved. But selling a pic of Indian Larry $150 because he is dead? Hmmm. Is it the price of the frame? The rights should be given to Larry’s wife Bambi, and if one should make some money with this pic, it should be her.

  6. 6 karend Mar 2nd, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I don not agree with this. If he is selling these pictures and the money is going to Babmbi(Larrys’ wife) his wife, or Indian Larry Legacy, his estate then its ok. But to try to make money off a picture that I really believe everyone of us already have in one way or another is wrong.

    Also, if we want something from the Larry era so to speak go directly to:
    Elisa and Bob Seeger who run the business work extremely hard to keep the memory alive.

  7. 7 TBear Mar 2nd, 2010 at 11:35 am

    sorry, but I didn’t read anythiing in the blog that said anything about $$$ going to Bambi.
    If she is getting a cut, that’s just fine with me.
    Like I said, my comment was just my opinion , and who gives a shit about what I think?

  8. 8 Shifter Mar 2nd, 2010 at 11:38 am

    So, the question is for Zimberoff. Will he give a cut to Bambi?

  9. 9 John E Adams Mar 2nd, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Tom is an imaging legend and photographic art is his livelihood, why should he not be paid for his works of art? As Cyril mentioned he also did a session with John Lennon, should he have also pulled that image from his portfolio when he passed?

    This is a great picture and Tom has offered it at some very reasonable prices.


    John E. Adams

  10. 10 gabehcuoD Mar 2nd, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Mr. Adams,

    Everyone has to make a living, as you said. If he wants to sell art, he should go take a picture of a bug or some rocks and sell that as art… In this case, I would think this would be Ok and cool, ONLY if a large percentage of profit was going to Bambi or a charity she had chosen. Other than that I think its a real gabehcuoD move…. not cool

    John Lennon: so he thinks he’s special cuz he took pictures of JL? John Lennon was special, not the guy that snaps a shot.

    (Tom has offered it at some very reasonable prices.) ???????? Helloooooooooooo for a picture? Walk this way, I have some ocean front property in Arizona.. LOL

    To each its own………… RIP Larry !

  11. 11 John E Adams Mar 2nd, 2010 at 2:50 pm


    Thanks for the insights on what photographic art should be.



  12. 12 gabehcuoD Mar 2nd, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Mr. Adams

    To each its own………

  13. 13 jatinder pal Mar 3rd, 2010 at 1:05 am

    …if tom owns these,he can sell these photos,…other than that tbear is right….dont make money from dead friend,…money should go to bambi and the legacy.

  14. 14 John E Adams Mar 3rd, 2010 at 12:31 pm


    Tom does own the image as he was the not so special guy that snapped the shot.

    In addition to trying to make a living he does also contribute his labor and works at no cost to various causes/efforts in the bike world. You may have read the Magazine or Cyril’s post on the current Cycle Source Magazine “Indian Larry Special Commemorative Edition By Chris Callen” any of Tom’s work you see in that issue were contributed free of charge.


    John E Adams

  15. 15 Spencer Mar 3rd, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    in 1969 I watched Jimi Hendrix play the national anthem on his guitar at the Woodstock festival however, other than the memories I have no photos of that fantastic experience.
    To some people Indian Larry was a hero and sadly they will never meet him so to have an image of him in all his glory taken by such a professional as Tom would be well worth the money I for one would pay handsomely to get a picture of Jimi the way I remember him playing his guitar that day.

  16. 16 Bean're Mar 8th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I think of the words from John Melloncamp- ” callin’ it your job, sure don’t make it right, but if you want me to, I will Say a prayer, for your soul tonight”

  17. 17 walstib Mar 8th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Coming late to the partay- but you all suck- Tom’s photo is THE best image ever captured of IL. period.

    Asking Tom to donate any of his cash is like asking all of you copycats to pony up to the originator of your ‘unique’ design. hell, even pay Harley. What would you be doing if it weren’t for the MoCo? Making frames for Hondas?

    I’m sure all of you ‘photographers’ have had worldwide exhibits, met and shot presidents and heads of state and worked for rolling stone when it mattered.

    Really- Tom has experienced and done more than the collective lives of you wannabes. Check out his accomplishments before you go green next time. F-ing haters. This industry has taken a crap because of haters- you’re next.

  18. 18 Chris Callen Mar 11th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I wish I would have caught this earlier, but I have to post on Tom’s behalf. The only thing I can offer here is that half way into the Indian Larry Issue, he called me and offered every shot he had of Larry for the use in building that commemorative issue and he did it all to be included and have an ad along side everyone else. He never mentioned money or asked for any thing other than a chance to be part of the issue. In that regard, he is a ruler since without him, many of the images that made that issue so special, would not have been. Thanks Tom!

    This issue marked my proudest moment as a journalist and I thank everyone for recognizing the work that went into it.


  19. 19 Rick Oct 28th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    I agree with Bean’re. Just my no cents.

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