Although he never fully aligned himself with them, Fink’s photographs echo the spirit of the Beat Generation, or the popular notion of it: instinctive, romantic, spontaneous. The individuals in his photographs fit the stereotype of a beatnik, in their clothes, manner, and action. In The Great Lakes, Ohio (1958), a barefooted man in sunglasses and a classic black turtleneck kneels, playing guitar; another man facing him smokes a cigarette in a jean jacket. They’re distinctive from the other people in the picture, and not just because they’re focused in the foreground—their dark, unkempt clothing and stances of idle repose set them apart from the “normal” passersby who in contrast, are actively going about their lives in typical garb of 1950s America. In Turk and Robert, Monterrey, Mexico (1958) the Beats also stick out, this time shown in a crowd of cowboy hats, sort of slack-jawed and wearing sunglasses and rumpled open shirts.